Anthony Scaramucci sacked: Firings, Russia probe, failed reforms reveal flaws in Donald Trump's strategy (or lack of)

When United States president Donald Trump entered the White House, those who voted for him possibly believed that he actually had a plan to 'Make America Great Again'. However, their hopes and expectations seem to be faltering with every passing day as the loopholes of his political, internal and international policies become known. The already volatile situation in the United States is exacerbated by Trump's overt denial to acknowledge the chaos that has surrounded his administration.

The upheaval inside the White House is also affecting his policies. Without solving the internal crisis that the White House administration is grappling with, it is hardly possible for them to bring about any positive changes in the country.

File image of Donald Trump. AP

File image of Donald Trump. AP

The Telegraph reported that the morale of Trump's White House is at an all time low and the resentment has only been growing against the president. Exhausted by months of trying to put out fires created by Trump, some of the staffers are planning to quietly quit. However, the president has chosen to blatantly deny such reports, saying instead that the mood in the White House is "fantastic."

"The White House is functioning beautifully, despite the hoax made up by the Democrats," he told Reuters.

According to a close White House aide quoted by The Telegraph, Trump had threatened to purge large numbers from the White House in a huge reboot.

The recent exit has been of the White House press secretary Sean Spicer. His resignation came after Anthony Scaramucci was named the new White House communications director. Spicer was replaced by Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Interestingly, the person over whom both Spicer and former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus were forced out, has himself been fired by Trump. According to sources, Trump had been trying to get Scaramucci into the White House for a long time. And, he finally did. However, after his new chief of staff advised him against it, Scaramucci was asked to leave.

This not only raises questions over the credibility of the president's decisions but also reveals the deep-rooted flaws in his administration. Trump is unable to control his staffers.

The Politico reported that hundreds of key jobs across the federal government remain vacant. The process has reportedly been slowed because Trump personally oversees the hiring process. CNN corroborated the theory that no one wants to work with trump anymore. Several younger staffers who have been approached as potential hires told CNN they worried their professional reputations would be at stake if they were associated with Trump's more inflammatory rhetoric.

In six months, Trump has lost a chief of staff, deputy chief of staff, national security adviser, communications director and press secretary. Michael Dubke had resigned as White House communications director in May this year.

Trump, his family and his administration's alleged links with Russia have also taken some high-profile people. His National Security Advisor Michael Flynn resigned in February after reports that he had discussed US sanctions on Russia with the Russian ambassador to the United States. James Comey is the most controversial dismissal until now. He was leading an investigation into the Trump presidential campaign's possible collusion with Russia to influence the election outcome.

The firings and exits are just a reflection of everything that is going wrong with the Trump administration. Joseph A Trillo, a former Republican National Committee member from Rhode Island who was chairman of Trump's campaign in the state told The New York Times, "He [Trump] didn't have political experience, and I think some of the biggest mistakes are some of the people he has surrounded himself with."

His repeal of the Obamacare has failed miserably. From vehemently opposing it and demanding a repeal, Trump has ordered Republicans to let it fail. Did Trump and his team have an actual plan to get their healthcare bill passed or was it to simply put the blame on the senators for “letting America down”?

Trump's strategy or rather the lack of it is costing the costing the president his popularity and approval ratings.

A tracking poll from Rasmussen published by The NewsWeekfound Trump's approval rating has dipped below 40 percent. It pegged his approval at an all-time low of 39 percent, while 61 percent disapproved, which was an all-time high. It's worth noting that most other firms had found Trump's approval fell below 40 percent long ago and that his average approval rating has typically been below that benchmark.

While Trump believes that the United States has seen the best economic numbers in years and the unemployment is lowest in seven years, the American people are not buying it, according to The Newsweek.

Trump's strategy is focused on short-term tactical wins rather than longer-term foresight and this possibly explains the sudden exits in the administration or even the US withdrawal from the Paris Climate deal. Since Trump has taken charge, the morale pf the White House has dipped low with staffers feeling helpless in the face of so many controversies. The problems in the strategy by which the Trump administration has been running is immensely flawed and this is slowly coming to the forefront.

With inputs from agencies 


Published Date: Aug 01, 2017 06:45 pm | Updated Date: Aug 01, 2017 06:45 pm


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