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John Kelly has 'ventured into Steve Bannon territory' after Trump made astonishing Twitter put-down of chief's claim president had 'evolved' on the wall
  • Kelly met Wednesday with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Capitol Hill
  • He reportedly said that some of Trump's campaign views were 'uninformed' and admitted that Mexico will not be paying for the border wall
  • 'I told them there's been an evolutionary process that this president's gone through,' he acknowledged later on Fox News
  • Also said on Fox that some of Trump's positions had 'changed' since campaign
  • Trump sent out a series of tweets this morning that seemingly contradicted his chief of staff's comments
  • 'The Wall is the Wall, it has never changed or evolved from the first day I conceived of it,' the president tweeted
  • White House says 'frustration' was not with Kelly but with the media
  • Trump spokesman said: 'They have a great relationship and that continues'


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'It's not honorable to beat up women!' John Kelly MUST RESIGN over his 'pathetic' defense of Rob Porter says the National Organization of Women as it labels the White House chief of staff as an 'enabler of sexual abusers'
  • Rob Porter resigned from his role as White House staff secretary on Wednesday
  • Porter's two ex-wives came forward with allegations that he abused them
  • He was a key conduit to President Trump as White House staff secretary
  • Chief of Staff John Kelly had earlier fiercely backed Porter in his initial statement that said he is a 'man of true integrity and honor'
  • NOW President Toni Van Pelt said, 'It's not honorable to beat up women. There is no integrity involved in being violent when you go home'
  • Said he was 'shocked' in a second statement that came 12 hours after DailyMail.com published photos and abuse allegations from Porter's first wife
  • White House knew about abuse allegations for months and allowed Porter to continue working side-by-side with the president
  • White House Communications Director Hope Hicks is dating Porter and assisted in crafting statements defending him Tuesday evening


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'We understand the shock, pain and confusion these allegations have caused': John Kelly sends memo to staffers addressing the 'troubling' domestic violence claims against Rob Porter - but STILL refuses to reveal when he found out about abuse
  • Rob Porter resigned from his role as White House staff secretary on Wednesday
  • Porter's two ex-wives came forward with allegations that he abused them
  • He was a key conduit to President Trump as White House staff secretary
  • Chief of Staff John Kelly had earlier fiercely backed Porter in his initial statement that said he is a 'man of true integrity and honor'
  • Said he was 'shocked' in a second statement that came 12 hours after DailyMail.com published photos and abuse allegations from Porter's first wife
  • Kelly issued a memo to staffers Thursday night regarding the 'shocking and troubling' allegations
  • White House knew about abuse allegations for months and allowed Porter to continue working side-by-side with the president
  • A major feminist group, NOW, is calling for Kelly's resignation alongside Porter's
  • Deputy press secretary Raj Shah says that Trump did not know about the allegations until Tuesday and Kelly was not 'fully aware' until Wednesday
  • White House Communications Director Hope Hicks is dating Porter and assisted in crafting statements defending him Tuesday evening


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Trump Floats Idea Of Handing Chief Of Staff Job To Mulvaney As Kelly Domestic Abuse Scandal Worsens

by Tyler Durden
Fri, 02/09/2018 - 08:59


In one of the most spectacular ironies of the Trump era, it may be the words of Omarosa Manigault Newman - a staffer of questionable utility, who was reportedly dragged kicking and screaming away from the West Wing - that prophesied the downfall of General John Kelly - a man who, thanks to his reputation as a faithful disciplinarian, has earned a level of popularity and respect as Trump's chief of staff that has eluded many of his colleagues.

In an administration where career-ending scandals are an almost weekly occurrence, many observers initially believed that Kelly would weather the storm when the Washington Post last night published a report last night that White House Counsel Donald McGahn and Kelly knew one year ago about complaints that staff secretary Rob Porter's ex-wives were prepared to make allegations that he was physically abusive, but ignored them, and instead elevated Porter into an influential gatekeeper to the president.

Yet this morning, the New York Times reported that President Donald Trump is considering replacing Kelly with Mick Mulvaney, the head of both the OMB and the CFPB.

The chief of staff job would mean Mulvaney is holding three jobs that require more than full-time dedication. It'll be hard to spill with that many plates in the air.

And to add insult to injury, the Times reported that, after the scandal broke, Trump - who has a habit of soliciting advice from former advisers depending on his mood - called up Reince Preibus, Kelly's predecessor, to commiserate

Just as he did with the "Lazy" comment, Kelly made the situation worse for himself when he defended Porter in public comments, saying he was an "honorable and upright" man, and that Kelly believed his denial. Porter was reportedly one of Kelly's proteges, and a rumored candidate to fill a long-vacant deputy chief of staff job.

Porter denied the accusations, but promptly handed in his resignation.

Chief of Staff John F. Kelly learned this fall about the allegations of spousal abuse and that they were delaying Porter’s security clearance amid an ongoing FBI investigation. But Kelly handed Porter more responsibilities to control the flow of information to the president.

Porter, who denied the “vile” allegations, resigned Wednesday after the ex-wives’ accounts of years of verbal and physical abuse were published, along with graphic pictures of Colbie Holderness, his first wife, bruised from what she said was a punch to the face.

Kelly has had brushes with scandal before - he recently drew a twitter rebuke from the president went he said during an interview that Trump's views on the wall had "evolved" - and he also was called out for lying about a story involving Florida Rep. Federica Wilson. Most recently, he was soundly mocked by the media for describing some immigrants as "lazy". But he has never been embroiled in something like this, and now, it appears Kelly's enemies in the West Wing - a place famous for its factions and internecine squabbling - are seizing the opportunity to push him out once and for all.

Readers may recall a few months ago Omarosa during an interview on Good Morning America accused John Kelly of playing favorites and of adding her to his "no fly" list of staffers who weren't invited to "serious" meetings."



Of course, Mulvaney's job in the West Wing, if this does indeed come to pass, would probably be his paramount priority.

And he's also someone with a reputation for having a steady hand.

Still, losing the general would probably lead to even more upheaval - at least in the short term.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018...aff-job-mulvaney-kelly-domestic-abuse-scandal
 

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So the guy (Porter) beat his wives. What does that have to do with writing speeches for Trump?

And so what if Kelley knew? Maybe I'm loosing it as I don't see what the fuss is about. Just fire Porter, and get on with life.
 

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'If he was protecting a wife beater, he's got to leave': The Mooch says White House Chief of Staff John Kelly MUST go if he lied about Rob Porter allegations
  • Anthony Scaramucci says John Kelly needs to resign immediately if he lied about knowing of the Rob Porter domestic abuse allegations
  • Kelly has faced intense criticism ever since Porter was allowed to resign from his position as White House staff secretary last Wednesday
  • Porter's two ex-wives told DailyMail.com that he had abused them during their marriages
  • Trump's chief of staff initially defended Porter when the first wave of allegations surfaced describing him as a 'man of true integrity and honor'
  • The White House has refused to say when Kelly found out about the allegations
  • Officials claim Kelly has known about the abuse allegations since October


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If Kelley is a neo-con then no great loss.
 

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FBI hangs Kelly out to dry: Director contradicts White House as he says they had FOUR warnings about Rob Porter going back to last March – and his background check was completed by July
  • FBi Director Christopher Wray testified Tuesday in a Senate hearing that the White House got four separate notifications about Rob Porter
  • The now-former Trump staff secretary was forced out of his job last week following DailyMail.com stories about his ex-wives' domestic abuse claims
  • Wray says the White House got heads-up warnings in March, July and November 2017, and again this month
  • FBI closed its investigation in January 2018, but the White House has refused to answer questions about what it knew and when – claiming the probe is 'ongoing'
  • Bombshell development could put John Kelly and Don McGahn on the hot seat
  • Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said people with temporary security clearances (like Porter) should have 'limited' access to classified material


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Clash in Beijing over President Trump’s nuclear football ended with a Secret Service agent tackling a Chinese security official and involved a shoving match with John Kelly
  • The briefcase's carrier was blocked from entering the Great Hall of the People with the president -a major deviation from U.S. protocol
  • Quickly devolved in a shoving match involving John Kelly, the former Marine Corps general who serves as Trump's White House chief of staff
  • A Chinese security official put a hand on him, prompting a Secret Service agent to tackled Kelly's aggressor
  • Incident from November went unreported until now as Trump gushed about his red carpet roll out all over Asia


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Melania Trump is backing John Kelly to stay as chief of staff after Rob Porter scandal but Trump is asking friends: 'What's up with this guy?'
  • First lady Melania Trump may be helping Chief of Staff John Kelly keep his job in the aftermath of the Rob Porter scandal
  • The FLOTUS, according to reporting from Axios, thinks Kelly is a 'pro' and 'likes him a lot'
  • Meanwhile, the president has been polling people at Mar-a-Lago and telling friends, 'What's up with this guy? He can't get along with anybody?'


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Ivanka is just 'playing government' so why send her to the Olympics? How Trump's chief of staff John Kelly lashed out in private at first daughter's Korea trip
  • Chief of Staff John Kelly wasn't enthusiastic about President Trump's decision to send his daughter Ivanka to the Olympics, according to reporting from CNN
  • In private, Kelly has grown frustrated with Ivanka Trump and has said she is merely 'playing government,' calling the child tax credit her 'pet project'
  • Kelly doesn't like how the first daughter uses her family connection to her advantage, while other times playing up her administration job


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Scaramucci says more key Trump aides will leave the White House because 'morale is terrible' and John Kelly rules the West Wing by 'fear and intimidation'
  • Former Trump communications director says John Kelly rules the White House with an iron fist, intimidating aides and making them scared to talk to each other
  • Scaramucci predicts an exodus of West Wing aides after Trump-whisperer Hope Hicks announced her departure on Wednesday
  • He also complained that Kelly has been blocking him and other Trump loyalists from coming to the White House for meetings requested by aides
  • 'Rule by fear and intimidation does not work in a civilian environment,' he said, bashing the retired Marine general
  • Scaramucci also slammed Kelly for protecting Rob Porter, the former aide accused of spousal abuse, yet firing him after talking 'smack' about co-workers


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John Kelly admits lax handling of classified info early on in the administration and says 'more people than I was comfortable with' had interim security clearance
  • Kelly told journalists that he had his 'eyes opened,' after joining the White House in July last year
  • Said the way people were treating documents and the number of staff who had access to secrets wasn't up to snuff
  • 'In terms of the handling of classified material' he said the White House 'wasn't up to the standards that I'd been used to'
  • Kelly said he noticed that around 35-40 White House staffers had top secret clearance and did not need it
  • 'Of the people who are here, what is the percentage that are still on interim clearances?' he asked, 'and the answer to that was a fair number. It was a lot'


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Trump 'was offended' by John Kelly's joke that he was hired as White House chief of staff because 'I did something wrong and God punished me'
  • White House Chief of Staff John Kelly made a joke Thursday about how bad his current job is
  • Kelly, speaking at an anniversary event at the Department of Homeland Security, said being DHS was one of the 'great honors of my life'
  • 'But I did something wrong and God punished me, I guess,' Kelly said, causing the audience to laugh
  • President Donald Trump reportedly took offense to the remarks
  • Kelly has had to deal with the fallout from Commnications Director Hope Hicks' departure and Anthony Scaramucci predicting more exits were to come
  • He was also in the center of the debate over security clearances in the aftermath of the White House's Rob Porter scandal


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Trump has 'been encouraging The Mooch to launch attacks on John Kelly and undermine him over his handling of the Rob Porter resignation'
  • An unnamed source tells CNN that Trump has not discouraged Anthony Scaramucci's recent criticisms of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly
  • In multiple interviews, The Mooch blamed Kelly for bad White House morale
  • Kelly fired Scaramucci from the White House in July after just 10 days on the job


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Examining John Kelly's role in Trump's 'chaos' presidency
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Is White House Chief of Staff John Kelly contributing to the chaotic nature of Donald Trump's presidency? Larry talks with "The Gatekeepers" author Chris Whipple and journalist Mark Leibovich. Then, a look at the renewed carnage of the Syrian conflict.
 

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John Kelly exploded aboard Air Force One over tangled Tillerson firing timeline as State Department contradicted White House claim that Trump ousted top diplomat last Friday
  • Trump's dramatic tweet on Tuesday announced that Rex Tillerson had been fired as secretary of state and replaced by CIA director Mike Pompeo
  • The White House said Chief of Staff John Kelly had given Tillerson the message last Friday while the secretary was in Africa
  • But Tillerson's spokesman went rogue, insisting his boss was blindsided without even a phone call from the president before he tweeted
  • Trump fired the spokesman just hours after sacking Tillerson
  • Kelly was so exasperated by the resulting news coverage of a White House in chaos that he yelled at a television on Air Force One as Trump left D.C.


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Kelly Loses White House Clout as Trump Blazes Own Path

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‎March‎ ‎29‎, ‎2018‎ ‎4‎:‎00‎ ‎AM






President Trump's White House Shuffle

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has lost some of his clout following recent missteps and wasn’t at President Donald Trump’s side for crucial decisions on staffing and policy moves, according to several senior aides.

Kelly wasn’t with the president last week when Trump abruptly decided to oust H.R. McMaster as national security adviser and replace him with John Bolton. Just two people were in the room for that decision: Trump and Bolton.

And Kelly is rarely on the line any more when Trump calls foreign leaders. Last week, when Trump spoke with President Vladimir Putin days before the U.S. decided to expel dozens of Russian diplomats, Kelly wasn’t on the call.

The chief of staff’s absence at those two key moments last week highlights his struggles in managing the White House for a president who has a penchant for unpredictability and often follows his own lead when making decisions. Kelly has seen his influence slip since a staffing controversy in February marred his credibility and damaged his image as an internal disciplinarian.

Even so, Trump has shown no recent signs that he wants to fire Kelly and has gone out of his way to publicly praise his chief of staff, including during a visit this month to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar near San Diego where he told the audience Kelly is “doing a great job.”

Shulkin Phone Call
The chief of staff was in the loop on Trump’s decision to replace Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin with Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, the president’s physician, an aide said. Trump and Kelly discussed the move several times, including in the Oval Office on Monday, and Kelly delivered the news to Shulkin in a phone call Wednesday afternoon, the aide said.

The picture of Kelly’s role emerges from interviews with seven White House aides and five former staffers and outside confidants. All requested anonymity to discuss internal matters. The White House communications staff declined to comment for this story.

A retired four-star Marine Corps general who served as Trump’s first Homeland Security secretary, Kelly entered the White House last July with a level of authority aides say his predecessor Reince Priebus never possessed. He moved quickly to impose order -- most notably by restricting access to the Oval Office for subordinates as well as the president’s many friends, unofficial advisers and confidants.

The Porter Fallout
Those efforts paid off on the policy side, most noticeably with the administration’s victory in getting Trump’s massive tax cut legislation passed by Congress and signed into law before the end of last year.

Yet since early this year, the White House has been gripped by turmoil. In February, Staff Secretary Rob Porter was fired after allegations of domestic violence surfaced, an episode that put the White House process for issuing security clearances under public scrutiny.

Aides say Kelly mishandled Porter’s departure, first by revising a statement that praised the aide after news reports surfaced that he’d been accused of domestic violence, and then by giving reporters an inaccurate timeline of the events leading up to Porter’s dismissal.

Lately, Kelly is less aware of what’s on Trump’s mind and what he’s planning to do next, according to several aides, with one describing the men as sometimes on different wavelengths. Trump doesn’t seek his input on staffing or policy decisions as much as he used to, and Kelly is no longer as successful in blocking access to former aides Kelly has described as disruptive.

Access for Ousted
The president once again speaks occasionally by telephone with Anthony Scaramucci, the communications director Kelly fired last summer and blacklisted from the White House grounds.

Fired campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is also a presence in Trump’s inner circle. Trump dined with Lewandowski and four others Monday night in the residence. Kelly, who has previously said he wouldn’t allow Lewandowski on the grounds unless he personally escorted him, wasn’t there. But he was aware of the dinner and briefed on the discussion on 2018 politics, aides said.

Kelly favors communications aide Mercedes Schlapp to be the new communications director to replace Hope Hicks, whose last day is Thursday. Trump has said he prefers policy aide Kellyanne Conway for the role, aides said.

Maintains Broad Authority
Still, Kelly has broad authority and is trying to rein in mass upheaval within the staff ranks.

He is overhauling the internal policy process, aides said. At the senior staff meeting on Wednesday morning, Kelly’s newly-named deputy chief of staff for policy coordination, Chris Liddell, announced the plan, which includes new short-term and long-term structures for handling policy and reacting to news of the day, aides said.

Kelly has told the staff that whenever possible, new White House hires need to already possess the necessary national security clearance to do the job. That directive is being carried out. For example, when George David Banks had to leave his National Economic Council post after he did not get clearance because of past marijuana use, the White House brought in Wells Griffith, an Energy Department official who already has a high security clearance.

But aides say they’ve seen signs Kelly’s grip has slipped. Trump’s impromptu March 1 announcement of tariffs on imported steel and aluminum had aides wondering whether the president consults with Kelly before all major decisions since the chief of staff appeared not to have advance warning.

Information Gap
In mid-March, Kelly promised subordinates that there would be no imminent personnel changes in the White House. A week later, Trump replaced McMaster.

Some members of the staff said they no longer take Kelly at his word as they once did. However, some aides argued Kelly’s assurances that day were true in the moment — but it later became untenable for McMaster to stay on amid the whirlwind of media speculation that undercut his credibility dealing with foreign counterparts.

Trump has told confidants that the White House is the opposite of “chaos” portrayed in the media — it’s in danger of stagnation. He views replacing McMaster, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Shulkin as the best way to speed up progress on his agenda. Trump has brooded this week about inaction in Congress, arguing that the White House has too many guardrails and rules impeding his goals, an aide said.

Emboldened President
Many White House aides retain confidence in the Kelly, according to senior officials. Although he has lost some credibility with the staff, there is no sense of urgency to see him replaced, in contrast to the eventual impatience among some aides for Priebus to go.

Kelly still has some leverage with Trump, but after more than a year in office the president has grown increasingly confident in the role and making more decisions unilaterally, they said.

There are no indications Trump is seriously considering a third chief of staff, though he has mused about replacements with friends.

But he is known for snap decisions. In February, he chastised Kelly on Twitter after the chief of staff said in a television interview that the president had “evolved in the way he looks at things.” The interview followed a meeting with Congressional Democrats in which he reportedly said Trump was “uninformed” during the 2016 campaign when he promised a wall spanning the length of the Mexican border.

Trump tweeted that his plans for the wall had “never changed or evolved from the first day I conceived of it.” Both McMaster’s and Tillerson’s departures were preceded by similar Twitter rebukes.

Kelly has told senior staff that although he doesn’t always agree with what the president wants to do, and Trump doesn’t always take Kelly’s advice, he expects to stay on the job.

— With assistance by Justin Sink, and Shannon Pettypiece

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Trump is freezing out John Kelly because he is 'tired of being told no' - and is still frustrated at how chief of staff handled firing of Rob Porter

  • Trump is moving against his chief of staff by freezing him out of phone calls and ignoring his advice because he is 'tired of being told no', insiders say
  • Kelly isn't involved in big decisions and opposed hiring John Bolton as national security adviser - but Trump went ahead and offered him the job
  • He was absent for Mar-a-Lago Easter weekend when Trump fumed about migration and trade
  • President was not happy with how Kelly handled ousting of Rob Porter after Hope Hicks, his then communications director and Porter's then lover


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Kelly Goes Nuclear In Oval Office, Threatens To Quit: Report


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Sat, 04/07/2018 - 16:10


White House Chief of Staff John Kelly threatened to quit in late March after a blow up with Trump in a meeting in the Oval Office, reports Axios.



Kelly was reportedly heard muttering about quitting as he stormed back to his office after the March 28 argument - however sources say it wasn't related to the firing of former Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin which happened the same day.

A senior administration official said that calling it a threat was "probably too strong, it was more venting frustration." Kelly often says he doesn't have to be there and didn't seek the job originally. -Axios

Details (via Axios):

  • Kelly packed up some personal belongings, though I'm told that wasn't necessarily because he was walking out.
  • He was fired up enough that colleagues got allies to call in to calm him down.
  • At one point DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen — perhaps the person in the administration he trusts most — came over to talk him off the ledge.

Meanwhile, President Trump has reportedly been sidestepping Kelly of late - telling one confidant that he's "tired of being told no" by Kelly, and has instead opted to simply not include his Chief of Staff in various matters, according to CBS News, citing a person who was not authorized to publicly discuss private conversations and spoke on condition of anonymity.

When President Donald Trump made a congratulatory phone call to Russian leader Vladimir Putin, White House chief of staff John Kelly wasn't on the line. When Mr. Trump tapped John Bolton to be his next national security adviser, Kelly wasn't in the room.​
And when Mr. Trump spent a Mar-a-Lago weekend stewing over immigration and trade, Kelly wasn't in sight.​
Kelly, once empowered to bring order to a turbulent West Wing, has receded from view, his clout diminished, his word less trusted by staff and his guidance less tolerated by an increasingly go-it-alone president. -CBS News

Kelly had made it a practice for months to listen in on many of the president's calls - particularly with world leaders. He also reportedly advocated against the hiring of John Bolton.

"It's not tenable for Kelly to remain in this position so weakened," said Chris Whipple, author of "Gatekeepers," a history of modern White House chiefs of staff. "More than any of his predecessors, Donald Trump needs an empowered chief of staff to tell him what he does not want to hear. Trump wants to run the White House like the 26th floor of Trump Tower, and it's simply not going to work."

In December we reported that President Trump had been calling White House aides to his private residence in the evening where he would give them new assignments - asking them not to tell Kelly.

John has been successful at putting in place a stronger chain of command in the White House, requiring people to go through him to get to the Oval Office,” said Leon Panetta, a White House chief of staff under President Bill Clinton who worked with Mr. Kelly, a four-star Marine general, in the Department of Defense. “The problem has always been whether or not the president is going to accept better discipline in the way he operates. He’s been less successful at that.” -WSJ

This is all just inevitable,” said one person close to Mr. Trump. “It’s not that Mr. Kelly is wrong—we all know he’s terribly competent.
Meanwhile, frustrated friends of the President have also reportedly gotten around Kelly's "do not call" list by calling Melania Trump in order to pass messages to her husband, according to two people familiar with the matter.

"ince she arrived in the White House from New York in the summer, the first lady has taken on a more central role as a political adviser to the president."​
If I don’t want to wait 24 hours for a call from the president, getting to Melania is much easier,” one person said. -WSJ


Melania Trump's office issued a harsh rebuke to the Wall St. Journal, stating This is more fake news and these are more anonymous sources peddling things that just aren’t true. The First Lady is focused on her own work in the East Wing.”

Trump's Twitter feed is still off limits to Kelly, who's been rolling his eyes at questions over potential diplomatic quagmires such as the time he called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "short and fat." Asked about the incident, Kelly shrugged it off - saying "Believe it or not - I don't follow the tweets," adding that he has advised White House staff to do the same. "We develop policy in the normal traditional staff way."




As one White House official told the WSJ, despite what appears to be an equilibrium between Kelly and Trump, they may never see eye to eye. “Kelly is too much of a general, and Trump is too much Trump,” adding that Trump continues to hold Mr. Kelly in high regard - often praising him during public appearances.

Meanwhile in March, Kelly was reportedly so furious over the way the press was covering Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's Tuesday firing that he shouted at the television on Air Force One as the President and his staff took off for California, according to Politico.



Accounts of Kelly's involvement in Tillerson's ouster have varied. While some reports describe Kelly only telling Tillerson to watch Trump's twitter account "over the next few days," others have said it was a much more direct conversation in which the Secretary of State was given a heads up. In that version, Tillerson implored Kelly to hold off on any decisions until he returned to the U.S. on Monday.

Tillerson, meanwhile, would only say that he received a "lunchtime call" from Trump during the President's flight to California, and a separate call from Kelly - both after Trump's tweet.

Kelly's consternation over the press coverage came on the heels of former Trump staff secretary Rob Porter's ouster in February after the Daily Mail published accounts from his two ex-wives accusing him of domestic abuse. Kelly took fire for not getting rid of Porter earler, after it emerged that the FBI had alerted the White House several times in 2017 that the allegations were holding up Porter's security clearance. When the allegations against Porter began to fly, Kelly put out a statement calling Porter a "man of true integrity and honor," and "a trusted professional."

With Trump playing musical chairs in the West Wing seemingly every other week, one has to wonder exactly how much longer Kelly will last.

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President Trump is 'considering chief of staff John Kelly to lead Department of Veterans Affairs' after his pick withdraws as nominee

  • Admiral Ronny Jackson's Veterans Affairs nomination was off as of Thursday after a Veterans panel report accused him of inappropriate workplace conduct
  • White House chief of staff John Kelly is now reportedly being considered for the still open spot for the VA
  • Reports of Trump wanting Kelly out of his White House post have swirled for months, with a renewed burst in March when Trump fired VA head David Shulkin
  • Shulkin's termination reportedly caught the ire of Kelly, who now may be considered to take on Shulkin's vacated slot
  • The administration is reportedly looking for a way to get Kelly out and in a new position 'that won't be embarrassing for him'


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5669263/Trump-considers-chief-staff-John-Kelly-Veteran-Affairs-pick-withdraws-nomination.html#ixzz5DzuGKDip
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'This is total BS': Chief of Staff John Kelly DENIES calling Trump an idiot, claiming it is 'another pathetic smear', while the president insists the White House is 'running very smoothly'

  • NBC report on Monday cited four anonymous staffers who made the claim
  • Claimed that Kelly called Trump an 'idiot' over president's poor grasp of policy
  • Kelly calls the claim 'another pathetic attempt to smear people close' to Trump


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Trump could shove John Kelly out of the White House by appointing him to lead the VA after he was quoted calling the president an 'idiot' in report Kelly called 'total BS'

  • An NBC report on Monday cited four anonymous staffers who said Kelly called Trump 'an idiot' in meeting with senior national security aides
  • Kelly calls the claim 'another pathetic attempt to smear people close' to Trump
  • But now there's talk in the West Wing of making Kelly the VA secretary
  • That would mute Washington-wide conflicts over his previous nominee, Dr. Ronny Jackson
  • It would also get him away from Trump, who has grown weary of his controlling management style


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Trump and John Kelly go head-to-head with president venting to friends that chief of staff keeps things from him and retired general whining 'I don't need this'

  • White House chief of staff John Kelly and President Donald Trump's relationship has deteriorated to the point of indifference
  • Neither man is eager to move on, though, one report says, while another claims that Trump is looking to bring in Corey Lewandowski to replace him
  • Lewandowski was Trump's first campaign manager; he was fired in 2016
  • NBC report on Monday said that Kelly had called Trump and idiot over president's poor grasp of policy
  • Kelly called the claim 'another pathetic attempt to smear people close' to Trump


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John Kelly claims Trump is 'embarrassed' by Mueller probe when world leaders visit him – and says most illegal immigrants are 'rural people' who 'don't speak English' and can't 'assimilate' into modern America

  • Trump's chief of staff told NPR there is 'nothing there' regarding the probe
  • He said Trump was 'embarrassed' when people like Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu come to town (Bibi is facing a corruption investigation)
  • Says of illegal immigrants coming here: 'They're overwhelmingly rural people'
  • Claims 'they don't integrate well'


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