Wednesday, August 9, 2017

WH considers Stephen Miller for "communications role"

In a recent press conference about the WH support for an immigration bill that would limit green cards to those already fluent in English, there was this exchange.

Senior White House Correspondent for CNN Jim Acosta: “It just sounds like you’re trying to engineer the racial and ethnic flow of people into this country through this policy.”

Trump’s policy advisor Stephen Miller: “Jim, that is one of the most outrageous, insulting, ignorant, and foolish things you’ve ever said, and for you that’s still a really – the notion that you think that this is a racist bill is so wrong and so insulting.”

Here’s the thing. Given the disastrous (but fortunately short lived) tenure of Anthony “ScaryMucho” Scaramucci, one might expect hope that the WH would learn from the experience, practice some introspection, and then carefully vet its replacement. An ideal candidate would be well versed in current issues and be exceptionally literate and articulate. Such a candidate would aim to create some positive connections with the press and the nation.

On the other hand, you should remember Scriber’s X/anti-X formula. For a given agency or institution X, Trump picks anti-X to lead it. For example, he picked Scott Pruit to lead EPA inspite of Pruit’s animosity toward environmental science and EPA regs.

Here we go again. CNN reports that [Stephen Miller could take on a WH communications role][cnn].

Yes, that Stephen Miller who steps on stage and freaks out just about everyone - everyone other than, perhaps, Steve Bannon and Ann Coulter.

White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller is being considered for an elevated communications role, a White House official tells CNN.

There are internal discussions that Miller could be elevated to such a role in addition to his current position as an adviser. White House chief strategist Steve Bannon favors the restructuring, but Miller might not necessarily have the title of communications director, the official said.

Meanwhile, CNN has reported that President Donald Trump’s new chief of staff, John Kelly, is eyeing his former Homeland Security spokesperson, David Lapan, for the role. Kelly ousted Anthony Scaramucci, who officially held the communications position for five days but was named to the post several days earlier, on Monday.

Two high-level administration sources told CNNMoney that Lapan, who has worked with Kelly for over a decade, is at the top of a short list to serve as the White House’s top official on messaging and communications.

Scaramucci was forced to vacate his communications director role following Kelly’s swearing in as chief of staff. Kelly delivered the news in a face-to-face meeting with Scaramucci in his office, two people familiar with the sudden turn of events on Monday said, making getting Scaramucci out of the White House one of Kelly’s first official acts as chief of staff.

“He had no plans to resign before that,” a person who talked to Scaramucci on Monday morning said.

A White House official said Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general who is known for his fastidious nature, wanted Scaramucci removed from his new role as the communications director because he did not think he was disciplined and had burned his credibility after a salacious interview he gave The New Yorker magazine.

But Stephen Miller? OMG.

Read more about Stephen Miller in this report from the The Telegraph, Who is Stephen Miller, the 31-year-old senior adviser who helped craft Donald Trump’s speech to Congress? and this one at The Atlantic, How Stephen Miller’s Rise Explains the Trump White House.

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