Krauthammer: Trump White House has 'bounced off the bottom'

Fox News's Charles Krauthammer said Monday that while the Trump administration hit bottom last week with the resignation of White House chief of staff Reince Preibus and a profanity-laced interview given by communications director Anthony Scaramucci, "it seems to have bounced off the bottom" with new chief of staff John Kelly seizing control.

"It looks like the Trump administration hit bottom last week and it seems to have bounced off the bottom," Krauthammer said on Fox's "Special Report" hours after news that Scaramucci had been ousted from the White House.

"Kelly is exerting his authority, he's been given authority," the conservative syndicated columnist continued before joking, "I have to say, Scaramucci, we hardly knew ye. Although I think he would be a better contestant on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ than Spicey would, so I think it's actually an upgrade for them."


It was reported in the New York Post last week that former press secretary SeanSpicer had begun initial discussions to join the popular ABC dance competition program.

Krauthammer pivoted back to Kelly and the signal sent by Scaramucci’s departure may have sent to White House staff and public alike.

"This is an obvious signal from the president and from Kelly, that he's in charge," he said.

"I think then you have the beginnings of a White House that can really function. I think it will be a test as to whether Jared [Kushner] and Ivanka [Trump] will be exempt from that. But Kelly obviously must have felt that he has the authority to do what he has to do, which is to seize control of the White House. If that is true, and if the president will allow Kelly some control over the president's own unrestrained impulses, I think that would be a tremendous advance," he concluded.

Trump removed Scaramucci as communications director on Monday afternoon. 

The former hedge fund manager and Fox Business host of "Wall Street Week" was ousted on the same day that assumed his new role as Trump’s chief of staff. 

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement that Scaramucci felt it was best to give chief of staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team.”

But speaking to reporters later at a press briefing, Sanders suggested the president made the call to force him out, calling his exit the result of a “mutually agreed conversation that took place between several people.”