By the end of last week, the well-documented chaos in President Trump’s White House had reached such a crescendo that the New York Post’s Friday, July 28, cover characterized the administration’s key players as contestants in a game of Survivor.
I love that this @nypost cover from Friday is already outdated by two firings pic.twitter.com/SGFle4NToO— Kari Paul (@kari_paul) July 31, 2017
Surely the cover, and whom it featured, made sense at the time: Sean Spicer had resigned on July 21 because Anthony Scaramucci had been hired as White House communications director. Less than a week later, Scaramucci went on an unhinged rant to the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza, published Thursday, July 27, in which he insulted both Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and senior adviser Steve Bannon, and threatened to fire his entire communications staff if Lizza didn’t reveal a source.
But as of Monday, July 31, the cover is already outdated. Trump publicly announced Priebus's replacement — DHS Secretary Gen. John Kelly — on Friday via Twitter before Priebus had publicly resigned, though Priebus claims he resigned privately Thursday.
And Scaramucci was removed from his post, which he had not yet even officially assumed, on Monday, reportedly at Kelly’s discretion.
Trump, famously the star of The Apprentice, has been accused of running his administration like a competitive reality TV show before. But given that his show’s tagline was, “You’re fired!” the parallels are starting to become uncanny.
does Donald Trump genuinely think he is supposed to eliminate someone each week— Alexandra Petri (@petridishes) July 28, 2017