Trump consumed Thursday morning’s TV headlines with amusement. Reports of tumult in the administration were at a feverish pitch even on his beloved Fox News — as the president reflected on the latest staff departures during an Oval Office conversation with vice president Mike Pence and chief of staff John Kelly.
With a laugh, Trump said: “Who’s next?”
It’s the very question that has the whole White House on edge.
In recent weeks, the president’s top economic adviser has resigned over a policy dispute, the secretary of state he long clashed with was fired and a slew of top aides headed for the exits. An increasingly confident Trump is privately weighing still more changes, expressing frustration with certain advisers and sifting through possible replacements.
Many close to Trump think more upheaval is coming soon. The president is moving toward replacing national security adviser HR McMaster, but has not settled on exact timing or a successor, said four people with knowledge of White House deliberations. Kelly has also worn on the president, confidants of the president said. And Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, under fire for ethics violations, appears to be grasping to keep his job.>