The Trump administration could have an entirely new look should President Donald Trump be elected to a second term.
According to a report from Politico, Trump, if reelected, is planning “a huge overhaul of his Cabinet,” which could include firing officials like FBI Director Christopher Wray and others.
“The shift,” Politico wrote, “would amount to a purge of any Cabinet member who has crossed the president, refused to mount investigations he has demanded, or urged him to take a different, more strict tack on the coronavirus response.”
On the hot seat
Politico reported that there could be changes in a number of key areas in the Trump administration, starting with the health department.
“The administration could see the departures of figures like HHS Secretary Alex Azar, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention head Robert Redfield, National Institutes of Health head Francis Collins, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services head Seema Verma,” the outlet reported. “Some, like Verma, may leave on their own terms to return to their home states, while others, like Collins, may retire.”
Major changes could also be coming for national security figures, including the possible ouster of FBI Director Chris Wray, CIA Director Gina Haspel and Defense Secretary Mark Esper.
Axios also reported that Wray, Haspel, Esper and even Attorney General William Barr may be on their way out. However, according to Politico’s sources, Barr “is expected to stay on for part of 2021, despite Trump’s occasional public frustrations with him.”
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross are also expected to leave, according to the report.
White House statement
In its report, Politico cited groups such as “Republicans close to the White House” and “White House Advisors.”
“We have no personnel announcements at this time, nor would it be appropriate to speculate about changes after the election or in a second term,” read a statement from the White House in response to the speculation.
Nevertheless, we know from the president’s first term that he won’t hesitate to surround himself with the best people for the job, and if that means he has to let some people go, he will.
First things first, though, let’s win that reelection.