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Wall Street Journal editorial board says Trump, not Priebus, is the problem in the White House

The Wall Street Journal editorial board has added to its recent spate of brutally honest commentary on the Trump administration, this time weighing in on President Trump's sudden sacking of White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus on Friday:

President Trump announced late Friday on Twitter — how else? — that he is replacing White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. The decision was probably inevitable given how the president publicly humiliated Mr. Priebus in recent days, but this shuffling of the staff furniture won't matter unless Mr. Trump accepts that the White House problem isn't Mr. Priebus. It's him. [The Wall Street Journal]

"Presidents get the White House operations they want," the column continues, "and Mr. Trump has a chaotic mess because he seems to like it." That doesn't bode well for Priebus' replacement, outgoing Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, who is due to step into his new position Monday. "Perhaps Mr. Kelly, a retired Marine general, can impose some order on the staff," the Journal board suggests — before realistically noting this was also the intended outcome of hiring White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, who has instead escalated the chaos.

Read the full editorial here.