Podcast: Trump Dives Into the Bunker With Priebus’s Dismissal

Donald Trump WITH Chief of Staff Reince Priebus on the reviewing stand during Trump's inaugural parade, January 20, 2017 (Andrew Harnik/AP)

I joined BBC Radio 4’s Today programme to lay out the significance of the latest drama of Donald Trump — the embrace of Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci and the consequent dismissal of Chief of Staff Priebus.

Preceded by an overview by the BBC’s NOrth Peter Bowes, the discussion explains Trump’s dive into the bunker — amid domestic paralysis, foreign policy uncertainty, and the Trump-Russia investigation — as he surrounds himself with family, New York contacts, and military commanders.

See also TrumpWatch, Day 190: Trump Dumps Chief of Staff Priebus

But that is only likely to add to his troubles: the effect — marked by the dismissal of Priebus, the former head of the Republican National Committee — is to distance himself from the base of the Republican Party.

In response to the question, “What does this mean?”, my answer: “Chaos”.

Listen to Package, with Interview from 35:20

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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