White House says Trump has yet to sign Russia sanctions bill

"Has imploded" is certainly arguable. "He's not going to just stand to the side and watch the White House fall apart piece by piece". It builds on itself as the edifice collapses.

Scaramucci claimed his jurisdiction on leaks extended to the entire White House rather than just the communications department, suggested that he and the FBI had conferred on who might be leaking, and then declared that his position didn't answer to the chief of staff. The Mooch had Oval Office privileges, and was the new alpha dog.

Mr Trump and Mr Putin met for the first time at the highly-scrutinised G20 summit last month in Germany. And it only lasted 10 days.

William Gale, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and an economist in George H.W. Bush's White House, said it appears that little progress has been made since the administration unveiled its tax goals in April.

The President had given "full authority" to Kelly, who took over as White House chief of staff on Monday [US time] to craft his own team and "bring a new structure to the White House and discipline and strength", White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters.

Scaramucci is a 1989 graduate of the Cambridge, Massachusetts, school. Trump said he was concerned about the sanctions' effect on work with European allies, and on American business.

"When you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon".

Kelly delivered the news in a face-to-face meeting with Scaramucci in his office, two people familiar with Monday's sudden turn of events told CNN. First over his "weak" and "beleaguered" attorney general, then over the hapless, doomed-from-the-start Priebus.

Earlier in the day, Trump tweeted there is "No WH chaos", referring to reports about fighting among White House staff. Don't count on it.

Trump is known for openly considering staffing changes without following through. In the phone call, he demanded Lizza reveal who leaked the details of the dinner and suspected Reince Priebus was responsible. He later compares them to Cain and Abel. Every White House suffers from factionalism and infighting, to some degree. At a dinner on Saturday night at Trump's hotel near the White House, Trump told Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to expect some staff changes, the official said.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders referred CNN to Trump's outside counsel for a response to the report. Putin said on Sunday that Russia had ordered the United States to cut 755 of its 1,200 embassy and consulate staff by September, and was seizing two diplomatic properties.

"What you have to do is manage around that as best one can and that's obviously been a challenge to Priebus", Daley said. You'll also be reporting to Kelly's own boss, who rewards loyalty, mendacity, caprice and excellent television ratings. Perhaps things will settle down, but that is hard to imagine. He has sometimes seemed to view television accounts of the news as fact more than information from people armed with classified information.

The abrupt decision to remove Scaramucci signals Kelly's no-nonsense approach to a White House whose inner drama has drawn recent media comparisons to "Survivor" and "Game of Thrones".

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