Reports: Trump Ax Ready To Fall On Key Staffers

President Trump is considering replacing embattled press secretary Sean Spicer with a Fox News host and may be preparing to move on from Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, according to new reports detailing an intensifying push toward a massive White House shake-up.

As Tuesday’s abrupt firing of FBI Director James B. Comey set off a tidal wave of negative media coverage, Trump blamed his communications staffers for offering a series of conflicting reasons for the dismissal and is now considering replacing Spicer with Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, according to reports in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal that indicate he’s also mulling a new chief of staff.

And though the reports say the president is focused on reorganizing his communications team and strategy, both indicate he’s become increasingly upset with the way his surrogates have been relaying his moves, a problem that Republican strategist Ford O’Connell said was on full display during the Comey fallout.

“President Trump definitely views the Comey firing as a communication failure. This all revolves around what happened over the past week,” O’Connell said, stressing that the president is also to blame for the mixed messaging.

“The president himself also decided to improvise, which compounded some of the problems,” O’Connell said. “But as we’ve seen in the past, Trump is definitely more than willing to shake things up. He had three campaign managers in 16 months.”

Despite reports of a search for Spicer’s replacement, O’Connell said it’s not the communications staffers but the overall strategy that is to blame.

“The folks he has right now are good,” O’Connell said. “What he needs are more folks with more defined roles ... you’re going to have issues that keep coming up like Russia, like health care, like North Korea and he needs some specialty communicators who can tackle the issues of the day alongside his press secretary.”

Read more from Owen Boss at the Boston Herald

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