Despite being left out in the rain (and on the tarmac) following his tweeted resignation, Donald Trump's ousted chief of staff, Reince Priebus, has refused to "get into the mud" with reporters. Comey told him not to resign, one unnamed source said.
Can Kelly pull things together?
Kelly's interest in Lapan suggests that he is as eager to impose discipline on the White House messaging strategy as he is to impose order on the chaotic and fractious West Wing. But the president has soured on McMaster.
A permanent replacement for Comey as FBI director is expected soon when the full Senate votes on the nomination of Christopher Wray, who cleared the judiciary committee with unanimous support.
No other aide or adviser has been successful on that front. The mortified leader of the Boy Scouts had to apologize for the president's suggestive and partisan speech.
"The major issues of his agenda have not been accomplished through Congress", Lewandowski said. In a television interview, Putin indicated the cutback was retaliation for new sanctions in a bill passed by Congress and sent to Trump.
Will Kelly succeed? Trump knew enough to bring him in, and presumably Trump wants to succeed as president and he has a way of repeatedly exceeding people's expectations.
Rarely, however, do presidents undergo as much turmoil as quickly as Trump.
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.
"One of the failures was the president never laid out a plan or his core principles and never sold them to the American people", said Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania. Trump has spent little time talking about the things that got him elected.
"He was more calm than the guy I've know for the past five years".
A Jim Baker or Leon Panetta wouldn't tolerate a fool like the new communications chief, Anthony Scaramucci, whose obscenity-laced tirade against his colleagues made him a laughing stock for late-night comedians and Washingtonians except for those working in the White House. Still, the abruptness of his demise was startling. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, and Thomas Homan, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
But Priebus allies felt he was an important link to establishment Republicans in Washington as the capital attempted to adjust to the anti-establishment style of the president.
"We're here to govern, we're here to legislate, to represent people that sent us here". His days could be numbered, as well.
On Saturday, Trump threatened to end required payments to insurance companies unless lawmakers repeal and replace the Obama-era health care law.
The rule is new and it's unlikely that if Ivanka wants to see her father on a whim that he'd deny her. The president has no such plans, she said. Plus, as we noted in this space, Trump's approval ratings are lower than they should be, given the general mood of the country and the performance of the economy.