The White House has essentially turned into a clique of high school girls doing the work of the American taxpayer, according to an MSNBC panel.
In a Thursday “Morning Joe” discussion, the panel addressed the professionalism of the White House staff that appears to be feuding. Wednesday evening, new communications director Anthony Scaramucci tweeted and then deleted an accusation that Chief of Staff Reince Priebus might be responsible for the leaks coming from the White House.
“The leaks are a function of the way the president does business,” New York Times reporter Nicholas Confessore told the panel. “And you can’t stop the leaks by firing some junior press secretaries.”
Mark Halperin noted that Priebus is the weakest chief of staff in history because people like Steve Bannon and now Scaramucci conflict with the steady and organized style of Priebus. When Scaramucci was hired, Priebus didn’t even know that Trump was bringing on the Wall Street financier to be the new communications head.
“What little structure exists in this administration is in the chief of staff, Reince Priebus, has a normal flow of paperwork, but he’s one of the least powerful chiefs of staff and people like Bannon and Scaramucci are stepping in to say we want more of the power and influence,” said Halperin. “Some of them would like to see them go. The president’s agenda, if Reince Priebus goes, the question of who is going to provide structure is a big question.”
He explained that the others, like Scaramucci and Bannon aren’t big on structure.
Brzezinski noted that the way of attacking each other is “dirty and destructive.”
“It’s like ‘Game of Thrones’ but with more viciousness,” said Halperin.
“Mark was saying the people he’s criticizing implicitly in his press office are mostly Reince’s people,” Confessore noted. “They came with Reince from the RNC. It makes me wonder whether it’s more about the food fight and the battle.”
“They’ll also destroy the ability for these people to sit around and have a conversation on a policy issue,” said Richard Haas, the former President of the Council on Foreign Relations. “I worked in the White House for four years. You have to be able to say things around the table or in the Oval Office without fear that it’s going to be end up in the Washington Post or online. Whatever modicum of structure and process exists, this will destroy it. You need an element of trust.”
“It’s mean girls,” Brzezinski said. The other panelists agreed that it certainly seems as though it is.
Watch the full discussion below: