Two Republican communication specialists battled on CNN Friday afternoon over how effective new White House Communications Head Anthony Scaramucci will be in his new job, with GOP strategist Rick Wilson saying he won’t be able to control President Donald Trump any better than his predecessor.
After former Trump Communications staffer Jason Miller praised the selection, stating the White House press office had already been running smoothly, Wilson blew that line of spin out of the water after laughing at Miller.
“There’s absolutely no one on this planet who can, with a straight face, say that the White House communications shop is working well,” Wilson began. “And the chaos and the dissension and all the things that led Sean to finally pull the ejection handle here have been with us from the beginning, and they really comes down to one thing. It’s that Donald Trump doesn’t have a communications staff that he will listen to.”
“He doesn’t have a chief of staff he will listen to. no matter who,” Wilson continued. “Whether Anthony Scaramucci’s good or bad on TV, as you said — if he’s good on a Fox Business hit, it’s different from being able to discipline the president in enormously consequential matters, things that are of national consequence, life and death, national security, the markets, the economy where a guy with an itchy Twitter finger sense of self-regard is so broad?”
“Like he didn’t inform any of his other communications team that they were having New York Times in to give an interview that opened up a whole bunch of new areas of investigation,” he remarked before returning to Miller’s comments.”It’s really quite stunning that anybody can defend Trump’s White House when it’s Trump’s who is at the core of the communications difficulties and he always will be — he’s not going to change.”
Turning once again to Scaramucci’s longtime relationship with Trump, Wilson called the new communications head a “yes man.”
“Reinforcing all of Donald Trump’s impulsive, almost child-like urges to be the center of attention every day and to say whatever comes out of his mind at that moment, like political Tourette’s is not something that is going to help this White House become more credible and more viable,” he explained. “It is still going to end up being Donald Trump talking about whatever his impulse is and the voices in his head drive him to talk about that day and I think Scaramucci is a bit of a yes man.”
“He’s a bit of a family friend and so Trump is going to expect him to be ‘rah, rah boss, let’s go have fun and do what you want,'” he concluded.
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