This week has already seen the unceremonious shitcanning of Rex Tillerson. Who’s next?
According to Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman, it could be any number of people. Sherman reported on Wednesday that Trump is publicly weighing firing National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and replacing him with John “There is no such thing as the United Nations” Bolton. “We need you in here, John,” Trump allegedly told Bolton, whose entire career has been predicated on the strong belief that the United States should go to war with Iran.
Trump is also apparently considering firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who could be replaced with EPA Administrator and former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. Trump reportedly believes Pruitt could skate through a confirmation hearing.
And finally, the Sherman report has this very touching anecdote about Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, who are allegedly also on the chopping block:
Trump has told people for months that he wants them to go back to New York. “Trump wants them out of there. He thinks they’ve been getting hit too hard,” a friend of the president said. But Javanka are digging in, sources said. “They’ve damaged us so much already. What else can they say about us?” Kushner recently said, according to a person who spoke with him. “And if we go back to New York, they’ll keep attacking. So what do we have to lose?”
Fight for what you love, Jared.
The Sherman report comes a day after CNN reported that President Donald Trump was thinking about replacing embattled Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin with Energy Secretary and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, because being a member of Trump’s cabinet means you should turn on the news every morning to find out if you still have a job. According to CNN’s sources, Perry and Trump discussed the possible move during a Monday lunch at the White House.
Earlier today, Perry was asked by the AP about whether or not he wanted the job, and he said he didn’t and called the reports fake news. The AP report also contains a nugget of wisdom, sourced to a White House official, that people should always remember when they read these stories (emphasis mine):
Speaking after a Senate hearing Wednesday, Perry said he isn’t moving to VA and dismissed the reports as “fake news.”
“I am energy secretary from now until the foreseeable future. Happily,” he said.
Trump raised the idea with Perry on Monday but did not offer him the job, according to one White House official. Trump has been angry with Shulkin, the official said, but is known to float staffing changes without always following through.
Point is: Trump says a lot of stuff, so take all of this with a grain of salt.