by Graham Pierrepoint
US President Donald Trump’s top team at the White House has seen an incredible amount of change over the past few months – with big names in staff having exited the Oval Office in just the last week or so as a result of the appointments of both Anthony Scaramucci and John Kelly – but for varying reasons. We have seen gaffe-friendly media mouthpiece Sean Spicer quit his post, likewise chief of staff Reince Priebus, along with Scaramucci himself – who is believed to have been removed from his position in communications as a result of harmful rhetoric he reported to a journalist regarding Priebus and close Trump associate Steve Bannon.
And yet – following a further review by new Chief of Staff Kelly – Bannon is the next surprise head to roll from the neck of Trump’s staff, with rumors surrounding how tenable his position was within the White House having circulated in days before he was stated to be ‘leaving his post’. Bannon, previously head of the conservative news network Breitbart, was seen as a polarizing figure – one who had been drafted in as Chief Strategist to Trump, and a figure who many thought to be one of the President’s closest allies. However, it seems that Kelly is encouraging big changes to roll out even further – which will come as a positive to several staffers in the White House thought to be concerned about Bannon’s role in proceedings.
It has been a controversial rollercoaster year for President Trump already, and he’s not yet seen the summer out – as investigations continue into the White House’s alleged ties with Russia (including alleged meetings that took place between Trump Jr and Russian legal personnel in the weeks leading up to last year’s US election), and as a continued war of words bounces back and forth between Trump and Kim Jong Un in North Korea, the world has never quite taken its eyes off the Oval Office this year. While France’s Emmanuel Macron and the UK’s Theresa May have commanded their own headlines for some time in early spring, Trump and his team continue to be of considerable interest to the media – and with many Republicans seemingly reacting to recent white supremacist killings in a manner converse to Trump’s recent divisive rhetoric, we could be in for a very interesting few months at the White House – meaning that while Bannon may be bowing out, Trump could be with us for a while yet.