After Scaramucci shredded Priebus in a vulgar rant to the New Yorker, published Thursday just as the health care debate was coming to its fruitless end, Priebus expressed his frustrations inside the White House. But the president took Scaramucci’s side—and Spicer’s successor, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, went on television to excuse the comments.

One White House official said Priebus had become so marginalized in the West Wing that people had started questioning his ability “to even perform basic tasks.”…

By the end, senior staffers stopped taking Priebus seriously – and often skipped his morning meetings. He would beg staffers not to leak, only to find himself accused by Scaramucci of being a leaker.