White House Purge Rumblings: Kelly, McMaster, Carson, Shulkin On Chopping Block

There are fresh rumors out of the West Wing that H.R. McMaster and John Kelly are the next dominoes to fall in what some White House employees are referring to as a "purge," reports CBS correspondent Major Garrett. 

The next to go could be National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster, expected to be replaced by former Bush administration official and frequent Fox News analyst John Bolton. Bolton is a hawk on Iran and North Korea, like new Secretary of State nominee and current CIA chief Mike Pompeo.

The man brought in last summer to impose order in the White House, Chief of Staff John Kelly, may also be on the way out, according to congressional and administration sources. -CBS News

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin may also receive a pink slip, after the VA Inspector General determined that Shulkin used taxpayer dollars on a lavish trip to Europe for his wife. The money was repaid after it became public.

Trump joked last summer about firing Shulkin, who would be replaced by Energy Secretary Rick Perry.

"It will be properly implemented, right David? It better be David, or [mouths "you're fired"]. We'll never have to use those words on our David," Mr. Trump said.  

HUD director Ben Carson's job is also at risk, after a $31,000 order for an office dining room set was discovered and subsequently canceled.

So far over 20 senior administration staffers have been fired, resigned or reassigned. Last week, Vanity Fair's Gabriel Sherman wrote that Trump is reportedly "tired of being reined in," and is ready to clean the slate in the West Wing to his liking.

With the departures of Hope Hicks and Gary Cohn, the Trump presidency is entering a new phase—one in which Trump is feeling liberated to act on his impulses. “Trump is in command. He’s been in the job more than a year now. He knows how the levers of power work. He doesn’t give a fuck,” the Republican said. Trump’s decision to circumvent the policy process and impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum reflects his emboldened desire to follow his impulses and defy his advisers. “It was like a fuck-you to Kelly,” a Trump friend said. “Trump is red-hot about Kelly trying to control him.” -VF

Sherman writes that the purge is a total changing of the guard: "Trump is going for a clean reset, but he needs to do it in a way that’s systemic so it doesn’t look like it’s chaos."

In late February, both CNN and Reuters reported that Kelly and McMaster were reportedly close to quitting or being fired over various issues, including Jared Kushner's security clearance which was downgraded two weeks ago. 

“There have been running battles between Trump and his generals,” said one of the officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity. Kelly is a retired Marine general and McMaster an Army lieutenant general.

“But the clearance business is personal, and if Trump sets special rules for family members, I‘m not sure if Kelly and McMaster would salute,” the official said. -Reuters

While there haven't been any new rumors about Jared Kushner and wife Ivanka Trump, last week we reported that Kushner may be out over recent negative headlines over his family's financial frustrations with their infamous 666 5th avenue property. Kushner's finances are reportedly a central focus of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. The president's son-in-law is in a weakened position, which Trump may feel will be a detriment going forward. 

One scenario being discussed is that Kushner would return to New York to oversee Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign with his ally Brad Parscale, who was hand-selected by the Trump family. One Trump friend referred to it as a “soft landing.” Ivanka will likely stay on longer, perhaps through the summer, before decamping home to New York to enroll the children in a Manhattan private school. Both are presumed to remain in close contact with Trump, who often places significant value on the opinions expressed outside his administration, anyway. -VF

What about Sessions?

According to CBS, "there are conflicting interpretations of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' job security," following a contentious relationship between the president and his Attorney General. Word has it that EPA administrator Scott Pruitt would replace him, however other sources suggest Sessions' job may be safe because a the battle over his replacement's confirmation would be "too drawn out." 

Comments

veritas semper… DeadFred Thu, 03/15/2018 - 14:17 Permalink

You should stay dead and quiet. Look at the replacements ,like Gina Haspel,who is well known for actively directing and participating in the torture of prisoners at 'black sites'.
Look at Pompeo ,read here about what he said:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Pompeo
He is for 'regime change in NK ,Iran,Syria. he is for war against Russia/China. He wants to kill Snowden and Assange. he is for Guantanamo indefinite detention,without trials ,for US citizens surveillance. He is very pro Satanyahoo and the zionist abomination.

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DeadFred veritas semper… Thu, 03/15/2018 - 14:51 Permalink

This is the Trump administration, you are going to be seriously misguided if you accept their words at face value. Trump's favorite book is Sun Tzu's Art of War. Deception is vital to keeping your foes off guard. If you fall for the idea that Trump doesn't like Sessions or the porn star story line is real let me sell you this bridge I own. Great deal.

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Colonel Shitze… roadhazard Thu, 03/15/2018 - 16:51 Permalink

Musta been the audio book. I’m baffled by the shartshow being explained as some master stroke, so brilliant, mere mortals can’t know how brilliant or even WTF until later. At this point, Trump could do 45 min of armpit farts into a hot mic & we’d hear the following: gotta be masterfully trolling someone, outmaneuvering the establishment, a master stroke whose brilliance will be revealed in time. On unforced errors alone & broken promises, I’d start cutting my losses if I was a still believer

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veritas semper… DeadFred Thu, 03/15/2018 - 15:26 Permalink

So ,you think that filling his cabinet with
-generals who want wars in every-f*cking-place possible
-with Goldman Sachs crooks,the real power behind the curtain
-a proven criminal who participated in torture at black sites
-an idiot zionist as UN envoy
-recycling a proven zionist ,Vicky Nuland

You think all these are Sun Tzu moves? If those people appointed to his cabinets are the "good people" ,I really don't want to know who the bad people are, bc it looks more and more that the "bad people" are those on the right side ,like the law abiding US citizens,duped again ,and the nations fighting against the Zionist Juggernaut.
These moves look to me more like ZIONIST moves,not Sun Tzu's ones.
The Donald favorite book is a myth I think : judging by his vocabulary ,i think he did not moved beyond the phone book , TV guide and Play Book magazines.

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veritas semper… J S Bach Thu, 03/15/2018 - 14:09 Permalink

No. They are worse. Look at Pompeo's statements (read wikipedia to see what he stands for)
The new CIA director Gina Haspel is well known for actively directing and participating in the torture of prisoners at 'black sites':

Beyond all that, she played a vital role in the destruction of interrogation videotapes that showed the torture of detainees both at the black site she ran and other secret agency locations. The concealment of those interrogation tapes, which violated multiple court orders as well as the demands of the 9/11 commission and the advice of White House lawyers, was condemned as “obstruction” by commission chairs Lee Hamilton and Thomas Keane.

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Lost My Shorts gatorengineer Thu, 03/15/2018 - 13:58 Permalink

The swamp has a sort of homeostasis. Trump choosing war-loving butt-kissers like Bolton (gack) for all his senior staff will force the public to vote Democrat in the fall elections so the House of Reps can exercise their war powers and say no thanks to war everywhere. Then Trump will start a war in defiance, and they will have the votes to impeach him. Ya, Trump is in charge for sure.

I just hope Trump takes Netanyahoo and all the neocon parasites down with him. That would be a great accomplishment, even if by accident.

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