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‘Reservoir Dogs’ in the White House

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LONDON – BBC correspondent Anthony Zurcher nailed it in a report on July 27. “Where Abraham Lincoln had his famous ‘team of rivals’ in his administration, this is something different,” Zurcher wrote. “Trump White House seems more akin to the final scene in (Quentin Tarantino’s film) ‘Reservoir Dogs,’ where everyone is yelling and pointing a gun at someone else, and there’s a good chance no one is going to come out unscathed.”

Several walking wounded have limped out of the White House since the shooting started — Sean Spicer, Michael Short, Reince Priebus — but nobody would call them unscathed. The latest to take a bullet is communications director Anthony Scaramucci, who was appointed only 10 days ago.

Scaramucci, who could be a Tarantino character himself — he seemed to be channeling Steve Buscemi’s role as Mr. Pink in “Reservoir Dogs” — topped all the other bizarre events in the White House last week by delivering an obscenity-laced rant that forced the resignation of Trump’s chief of staff, Reince Priebus. And why has the new chief of staff, Gen. John Kelly, now fired Scaramucci? Maybe for being a potty-mouth, but more likely because Scaramucci was insisting that he reported directly to Trump, not through Kelly.

Things are falling........

© The Japan Times