Today in 5 Lines
President Trump removed Anthony Scaramucci from his role as White House communications director, just 10 days after Scaramucci was brought on staff. The move reportedly came at the behest of John Kelly, who was sworn in as chief of staff earlier in the day. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that “everybody at the White House” will report to Kelly. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster announced that the White House imposed sanctions against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. A federal judge found former Sheriff Joe Arpaio guilty of contempt of court for ignoring a court order to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants.
Today on The Atlantic
John Kelly’s Challenge: Eliot A. Cohen explains the many downsides of President Trump’s decision to appoint the retired Marine four-star general to replace Reince Priebus as White House chief of staff.
‘You’ve Let Me Down’: In defending his decision to kick 755 American diplomatic staff out of Russia, Vladimir Putin wants to appear like the reasonable adult in the room, writes Julia Ioffe. But the rapidly deteriorating situation is bad for everyone involved.
Another One Bites the Dust: George Selim, the Homeland Security official charged with leading the federal Countering Violent Extremism Task Force under Obama, resigned on Friday, signaling a shift away from federal outreach to Muslim communities. (Peter Beinart)