Who is John Kelly, Trump's new chief of staff?
- Author: Joey Payne Jul 31, 2017,
Jul 31, 2017, 0:47
I can't think of a better person than General John Kelly to succeed me and I wish him God's blessings and great success.
The New Yorker published a profanity-laced interview Thursday in which Scaramucci called Priebus a "paranoid schizophrenic".
Since entering the White House six months ago, Trump has parted company with his national security advisor, deputy national security advisor, Federal Bureau of Investigation director, press secretary, communications director, acting attorney general, deputy chief of staff and now chief of staff, a turnover of top officials that is unparalleled in U.S. political history.
Kelly's experience as Homeland Security secretary and a veteran of three tours in Iraq - along with a sobering family tragedy - suggests he'll be a loyal manager for President Trump when he starts the job Monday.
"It reached a fever pitch of the president complaining about Reince to all of us", said one senior White House official, who requested anonymity to speak candidly.
"John has done a spectacular job at Homeland Security". He also pledged to continue to support Trump's agenda. "We accomplished a lot together and I am proud of him", he said.
As of Friday, Trump had 51 presidential appointees confirmed and another 255 nominated. He and Priebus didn't feel like he had the temperament to really work in the White House in that - in a key role. Trump said in a tweet.
"I think the president as always enjoys healthy competition and conversation, and he sees that as such", she said.
It doesn't matter to their audience whether that's true or not: humiliating the mainstream media is now basically a right-wing meme; pro-Trump journalism is often as much about the actual subject being reported as it is why they believe the mainstream media is wrong or lying about it. And Pete Rouse temporarily served as an interim chief of staff after Rahm Emanuel left the Obama White House in 2010 to run for mayor of Chicago.
But, Trump can't go any higher than fifth on this list. Why? So it's not surprising that of that triumvirate, this is the general he's putting in the White House. One of the final establishment Republicans in the White House, he was a frequent target of barbs from Trump over not being an early backer of the celebrity businessman's candidacy. The White House did not respond to requests for an organizational chart.
He praised the president and Kelly and declined to discuss the Scaramucci interview, saying, "I am not going to get into the mud".
Kelly has been a staunch supporter of Trump, during his election campaign days.
Priebus, who was brought on by the outsider President in large part because of his Washington relationships, also wound up carrying a hefty share of the blame for the White House's legislative stumbles, including the latest failure to pass a health care replacement bill. However, he decided on Kelly because he was impressed by the job he had done leading DHS and trusted him not to leak.