The exit of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer after a tumultuous and at times incompetent performance does serve to show just how chaotic the Trump administration is. Replacing a press secretary is no big deal. But Spicer apparently thought he was going to be promoted to communications director, and had interviewed people for the press secretary’s job. It’s hard to believe he didn’t get that idea from the president.
But suddenly Anthony Scaramucci, a financier, Trump pal and Fox News commentator, was in as the communications chief, and Spicer quit suddenly. He’s been replaced by his deputy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, daughter of GOP right-winger Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor. Sanders had been subbing for Spicer and has generally looked just as miserable as he did while being argumentative with the press.
Scaramucci fancies himself a silver-tongued guy, but he’s now going to be in the eye of the storm, and his comment on Spicer was, “I hope he goes on to make a tremendous amount of money.” That shows he didn’t have a high opinion of the beleaguered Spicer, who was tasked with explaining one embarrassment after another of the Trump White House. Scaramucci’s also said to be no fan of Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, who helped to block him from getting a White House job some time ago. So if this signals that Priebus is falling out of favor with Trump — that’s not a good omen, with Priebus being regarded as a fairly level head.
The Trump administration isn’t proceeding with business. It’s lurching from one crisis to another, with the president said now to be trying to find a way to fire Robert Mueller as chief investigator of the Russia-Trump campaign connection.
If that happens, Scaramucci’s silver tongue may have some tarnish on it. Quickly.