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Monday, May 29, 2017

POTUS considering 'cleaning' the White House

President Trump is reportedly considering 'cleaning house' of his White House staff and bringing back his top campaign strategists. He is frustrated over his staff's inability to contain the Russian interference story over the presidential campaign.

Trump is recruiting legal teams and PR experts, the Associated Press reported as new information surfaces about Moscow's interference and possible improprieties with the Trump campaign and associates. The disclosures shadowed the president during his first trip as POTUS and threatens to stall his agenda.

The most recent reports allege that Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, allegedly spoke with Russia's ambassador to the U.S. about setting up a back-channel communications network with Moscow during Trump's transition into the White House.

Rather than defending Kushner, Trump attacked the "fake news media" on Twitter and focused on leaks, both from the White House and an intelligence leak the UK blamed on the US regarding the Manchester bombing.

While Trump was schmoozing overseas, his own personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, became a member of his legal team to deal with the Russian interference in the election and the potential involvement of any of his associates. More lawyers with heavy experience in Washington investigations are expected to join the team along with communications experts.

The AP reported that Mr. Trump believes he's facing more of a communications problem rather than a legal one, despite the intensifying inquiries.

Trump is considering bringing back his former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski and his former deputy campaign campaign manager, David Bossie and both talked to him before he left on the trip.

Trump has his hands full this week as he next has to decide whether or not to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement of 2015. If he's really going to undo Obama's cluster fudges, he should pull out, but that isn't a 'given.' He will also have to deal with the healthcare plan soon and he's getting pushback from both parties on that situation.