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GOP Congressman: 'Chaos And Instability' In White House

| by Jordan Smith

A Republican congressman believes that the White House is in some degree of chaos after President Donald Trump removed his communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, who had only been in the job for 10 days.

Rep. Charlie Dent made the comments in an MSNBC interview July 31.

"Well, it's been pretty obvious to most of us that there's been a fair amount of chaos and instability in the White House, and dysfunction," the Pennsylvania congressman said, according to Talking Points Memo.

Dent's remark followed a tweet by Trump earlier on July 31 in which the president defended his administration's record so far: "Highest Stock Market EVER, best economic numbers in years, unemployment lowest in 17 years, wages raising, border secure, S.C.: No WH chaos!"

Dent stated that Trump's former chief of staff was not at fault.

"And I'm not blaming Reince Priebus for that, I don't think he ever stood a chance in the job because he was never fully empowered by the president," Dent added.

Scaramucci's removal was announced in a statement read out by White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

"Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House communications director," Sanders said, according to The New York Times. "Mr. Scaramucci felt it was best to give chief of staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team. We wish him all the best."

Kelly told aides at a meeting July 31 that he plans to impose a new system of order and discipline, which he said had been absent thus far. Sources said Kelly requested Scaramucci's removal.

The Times also noted that Trump was encouraged to bring Scaramucci on board by members of his family as a way to get rid of Priebus. However, following comments by Scaramucci calling Priebus a "paranoid schizophrenic," Trump changed his mind about the New York investor and decided during meetings with Kelly, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump that Scaramucci was too much of a political liability.

Dent declared that the disputes in the White House were hindering progress on key legislative matters.

"As I said earlier, too much time and energy has been spent -- they're too focused on all this internecine warfare, this infighting, the factional warfare within the White House," he said. "This seems to be all-encompassing and has really distracted us from dealing with these very tough issues. We need a fully focused, disciplined and engaged president to help advance a legislative agenda that will benefit the American people, particularly on tax reform and infrastructure."

It remains unclear whether Trump will seek another position for Scaramucci in the White House or whether Scaramucci would accept such a move.

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