President Trump's Chief of Staff Reince Priebus deserves the criticism he is getting for the administration's instability and controversies. White House aides and others have reported that, among other issues, Priebus is a suffocating micromanager yet lacks control of staff meetings, is bent on filling positions only with political loyalists and fails to define clear responsibilities for staffers, all of which leads to mistrust, confusion and mixed signals in the White House, writes Alex Isenstadt and Josh Dawsey in Politico. His lack of structure contributes to the overall lack of management and strategy that have underlined the first months of the Trump administration.
It's unfair to blame Reince Priebus, President Trump's Chief of Staff, for the administration's failures and missteps. Holding Preibus responsible for keeping President Trump and his erratic behavior in line is holding him up to unrealistic expectations, writes Matt Lewis in The Daily Beast. Moreover, the criticism leveled at Preibus for micromanaging, running around the West Wing inserting himself into conversations, and blocking people from acess to the President is ridiculous, as his job entails doing all of these things, adds Lewis. The bottom line is that the Trump administration would be far more unstable without Priebus.