Attorney General Jeff Sessions may just be the beginning. President Donald Trump is vacillating between dumping Cabinet members he’s soured on and voluntarily engaging in yet another messy confirmation process, according to a Wednesday Politico report.
Particular objects of his ire are DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
Trump would reportedly like to slot Kris Kobach, Kansas secretary of state and recently failed gubernatorial candidate, into Nielsen’s place, but acknowledges that he’d have difficulty getting confirmed. In addition, the optics of axing one of three female Cabinet members jives too neatly with the post-midterm sense that Republicans struggle with women.
Trump likes Zinke much better than Nielsen, who he sees as weak and allied primarily with chief of staff John Kelly and the Bush administration. However, Zinke is channeling Scott Pruitt with his recent scad of ethical missteps, making him a headache for Trump to handle.
Trump also has to deal with filling the vacancy left by UN Ambassador Nikki Haley when she leaves in December, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and, perennially, Kelly are also reportedly on the chopping block.