From the Daily Beast:
As Donald Trump’s comms operation has reached a Lord of the Flies level of disarray, the president and many of his staffers find themselves waxing romantic about a bygone Hope Hicks era.
Hicks’ departure left a leadership vacuum in the West Wing that has yet to be filled.
“He obviously misses her and still talks about her often,” the West Wing aide noted, comparing it to “empty nest syndrome.”
Hicks’ value to Trump often had little to do with her official title. She was a prominent source of personal support and comfort for an increasingly isolated president and considered like close family.
“I don’t know that anyone else can really do the job the way it needs to be done because of how the president operates,” a former Trump White House official previously told The Daily Beast. “Hope always seemed like the only workable solution to that. Big loss in that respect.”
The piece suggests that the lack of a likable leader has made internecine conflict in the White House, and the resulting leaking, even worse.
According to two sources who have spoken with the president about this issue in recent days, he has expressed his desire for at least one prominent “leaker” to be conclusively identified and “dealt with,” in order to make an example of him or her.
That would be a good start.