Anthony Scaramucci Called Me to Unload About White House Leakers, Reince Priebus, and Steve Bannon | The New Yorker

Read first hand one of the most highly cited political articles of the week in the New Yorker. The new White House communications director has threatened to fire the entire communications staff suspecting a leak about Trump’s dinner guests.

Source: Anthony Scaramucci Called Me to Unload About White House Leakers, Reince Priebus, and Steve Bannon | The New Yorker

The conversation could have been straight out of a political drama soap opera or from a ‘Godfather’ type film.

But no, this story gives us a glimpse of Trump’s leadership style. He creates powerful fiefdoms and then fires the fiefs when they get too much power.

This week we have seen the Republicans divided about Obamacare, yet another defeat for Trump. It’s not clear if Trump will have political support to reform taxes. Meanwhile, foreign affairs and defense looks high risk with Trump in charge. To deflect media frenzy, Trump was also controversial in his announcement that transgender people should not be allowed in the US military.

Meanwhile, Trump’s impeachment or resignation seems no more than speculation for the moment, so we can expect more ‘Tweet’ wars next week.


Opinion – Scandal of Donald Trump Jr’s alleged Russian collusion will force his father to resign, Columbia law professor predicts | The Independent – John Gelmini

As Dr Alf suggests, the plot thickens and the dangerous practice of letting your offspring and son-in-law get involved in official business is beginning to threaten the Trump Presidency which in many ways looks like a dynasty with the “King” at the top, being run by a “Baron”(acting as the real “King”( Jared Kushner), a young “Prince” (Donald Jr) and the “Princess in waiting” (Ivanka), ready to take over the throne, when the “King” has stepped down or gone back to being a television mogul.

No-one in America voted for Kushner, Ivanka or Donald Junior, and no-one could have conceived of the idea of the President living his ambitions for his daughter vicariously into the political process as if he had established a royal dynasty.

Americans probably thought that they had dispensed with this sort of thing in 1776, when they officially broke away from British imperial rule and became a republic but under Donald Trump it has been recreated minus the crowns and court intrigue.

I see a Pence Presidency on the horizon, and a wider Middle East war leading to further trouble, so the good professor from Columbia University may well be right.

Trump’s sons cannot look after the Trump Corporation’s business interests from a prison cell, so the price of that not happening might well be the end of the Trump Presidency, its replacement with a Pence Presidency and the preparation by Trump of Ivanka for the bigger role in 2022 or 4 more years after that.

In this way Trump’s political ambitions can be realised vicariously whilst his desire for self aggrandisement and bombast can manifest itself in new business ventures and opportunities to make television programmes and films.

John Gelmini