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    The White House: Civil War or Summer Cleaning?

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    The tumultuous changes in the Trump Administration over the last week have made one wonder whether the White House is in a state of civil war or if its leader is just carrying out some 'summer cleaning' of his team.

    Former White House Press Secretary and Communications Director Sean Spicer resigned from his positions at the end of July, supposedly triggered to do so in part by Trump's appointment of Anthony Scaramucci. Spicer's replacement was a lot fiery than he was – which says a lot – and immediately set to work to attacking the administration’s leakers, vowing that they'd be found and fired under his watch. He also scandalously implied that former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus was implicated in this conspiracy, and by the end of Scaramucci's first week on the job, Priebus unceremoniously resigned and was replaced by Homeland Security Secretary General John Kelly.

    It was around that time at the end of last week that the New York Post wrote that Scaramucci went on an epic rant to one of their reporters about both Priebus and White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, using undignified language to describe how he felt about them. It was later revealed that he fell for an email hoax over the weekend where trolls conned him into getting into an argument with who he thought was none other than his chief rival, Priebus.

    Perhaps unsurprisingly, then, Scaramucci was shown the door at the beginning of this week after being reportedly asked to tender his resignation, which he says he did in order to provide General Kelly with a fresh slate to begin his new tenure. The ever-shifting nature of the White House's most public faces have drawn comparisons to Trump's former reality TV show "The Apprentice," but not everybody's entertained.

    Trump's critics believe that his administration is a chaotic mess and in a state of civil war between its inexperienced and under-prepared factions, pointing to the President's Twitter attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions as further proof that the drama has already disastrously gone way too far. On the other side of the divide, Trump's supporters claim that everything's alright and stable, and that the latest drama is either part of a calculated plan or connected to the "summer cleaning" of his team. No matter what the true reason may be, the optics suggest that the Trump Administration is experiencing an unclear degree of difficulty behind the scenes.

    To discuss all these issues we are happy to be joined by Joaquin Flores, Editor-in-Chief of Fort Russ and director of the Center for Syncretic Studies.

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