As Trump Weighs Shake-Up, He Faces Recruiting Challenge

Amid this fluid situation, Mr. Trump faces several consequential decisions this week. He interviewed two more candidates on Tuesday to replace James B. Comey, whom he fired as F.B.I. director this month. The latest candidates were John S. Pistole, a former deputy F.B.I. director who was administrator of the Transportation Security Administration under President Barack Obama, and Christopher A. Wray, who was assistant attorney general overseeing the criminal division under President George W. Bush.

Mr. Trump also must decide by Thursday whether to move the American Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, as he promised during the campaign, or sign a new six-month waiver delaying such a move while he tries to negotiate Middle East peace. And he has vowed to announce this week whether he will pull the United States out of the Paris climate change agreement negotiated by Mr. Obama.

Whether Mr. Trump will actually reorganize his White House team remained uncertain. He has often talked about expelling people from his orbit, only to decide not to, as he did with Stephen K. Bannon, his chief strategist, a few weeks ago. Seemingly reinvigorated, Mr. Bannon is now among those leading the effort to convince the president that he needs to overhaul his operation to focus more intensely on the nationalist policy goals that animated his candidacy.


A screenshot of an email that the White House communications director, Michael Dubke, sent to associates announcing his resignation.

On Tuesday, Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, held his first White House briefing since the president returned from a nine-day international trip amid talk that Mr. Spicer’s own role may change. But Mr. Spicer denied that the president was dissatisfied with his staff.

“I think he’s very pleased with the work of his staff,” Mr. Spicer said. “I think that he…

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