President Trump is considering bringing back into the White House some of the aggressive operatives who fully back his nationalist-populist agenda, as some of the more mainstream establishment characters in the White House depart.
Lewandowski, who ran Trump’s campaign through much of the primaries, remains in regular contract with Trump, according to an article running today in Politico, and there are concerns that Trump’s political operation at the RNC and in the White House is not strong enough to preserve Republican majorities in the House and the Senate.
Also potentially in line for positions are Larry Kudlow, whose ideas animate the tax cut bill that just passed Congress, and former Trump campaign spokesman Jason Miller. Kudlow might become National Economic Council director if the current director, Democrat Gary Cohn, departs.
Bossie served as a top official in Trump’s general election campaign. Both he and Lewandowski are close to Steve Bannon, and while Bannon’s return to the White House would appear to be unlikely, the presence of Bossie and Lewandowski would enhance his influence with Trump, which he continues to wield during evening telephone calls with the president.
Trump also continues to talk to Reince Priebus, who was fired as chief of staff but maintains Trump’s respect as a political strategist.
Staying put: Ivanka and Jared, Hope Hicks, and Kellyanne Conway, whose influence appears to be on the rise. There’s no word that Chief of Staff John Kelly, who would have to deal with the introduction to the White House of the big personalities who might enter, is on the way out, although the piece mentions Conway as a possible eventual replacement for Kelly.