Trump World has a blunt message for the president: empower your staff or hire a new one. Former aides, GOP strategists and sources close to the White House tell The Hill they’re concerned about how Trump’s handling of James Comey’s firing as FBI director has undermined the people who work for him. Changes seemed imminent late last week as the president seethed with anger over the rollout of Comey’s firing.

But with Trump set to begin his first foreign trip as president on Friday, many think the threat of staff changes has lifted, at least for now. Still, many view a reshuffling as all but guaranteed at some point this year, casting a pall over a White House staff that always appears one wrong move away from unemployment. The repeated rumors of a shakeup have damaged morale, with aides acknowledging that the tempest surrounding Comey’s firing is the worst to hit the White House yet. READ MORE