Trump friend who slammed Priebus now says his plans are 'impressive'

A longtime friend of President Donald Trump said Sunday that White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus should be replaced, though he later said he has an "open mind" about the President's top aide.

"If he thinks somebody is not performing, he moves pretty quickly", he said.

Ruddy tweeted: "Reince just briefed me on new WH plans".

In saying the White House isn't showing as much "order" as one would assume, Ruddy argued there's "a lot of weakness coming from the Chief of Staff". He doesn't have a really good system.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. "He doesn't know how the communications flow", he said, adding that White House press secretary Sean Spicer was doing a "very good job under hard circumstances".

Hints that Priebus' job could be imperiled came out as several reports indicated National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was also in hot water due to recent reports that he discussed USA sanctions with the Russian ambassador before Trump took office. "Gary Cohn, a Trump economic adviser who is close with senior adviser Jared Kushner, has also been the subject of chatter".

National security advisor Flynn has been at the center of controversy since a Washington Post story published last week suggested that he violated laws prohibiting private citizens from engaging in foreign policy when he discussed US sanctions against the Kremlin with Sergei Kislyak, Moscow's ambassador to Washington, in December.

According to CNN, staff inside the White House were concerned about reports that Flynn may not have revealed to Trump and Vice President Mike Pence exactly what he said on phone calls with the Russian ambassador before inauguration.

A search is reportedly under way for a new communications director.

The result is a National Security Council operating in crisis mode, with career staff unsure not just of the new administration's priorities, but about whether or not they will have the same boss when they wake up each morning. The New Jersey governor said that he would be open to joining the Trump administration, although he "intends" to join the private sector in a year after his time as term is over.

  • Leroy Wright