Boston native Gen. John Kelly named new White House Chief of Staff
- Author: Kyle Peterson Aug 01, 2017,
Aug 01, 2017, 22:48
John Kelly, US President Donald Trump's new chief of staff, is a retired Marine Corps general who had been serving as secretary of the huge Department of Homeland Security after 45 years in uniform. "Reince Priebus is a good man", Trump said Friday as he deplaned following his NY visit with law enforcement officers.
Trump issued his decision just as he landed aboard Air Force One after a visit to Long Island.
The Priebus firing proved, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Trump's attempts to merge his NY and family worlds with the staider environment of official Washington had failed miserably - and that he has clearly sided with those urging him to be more himself over those who had hoped to bend him somewhat to the ways of the nation's capital.
Priebus never could bring a semblance of order to the team of in-fighting rivals that populate Trump's West Wing, and questions about his future have long swirled around the office.
As Homeland Security secretary, Kelly was tasked with protecting USA borders and overseeing immigration policies, two centerpieces of Trump's presidential campaign.
Asked when Kelly was offered the chief of staff job, she said "They've been talking about it for a while". "I want to talk to the press and the Hill about what my people do, and frankly, shame on us if someone like you writes an inaccurate story".
In his wholly inappropriate speech to the Boy Scouts, Donald Trump said if the Senate failed to pass a health care bill, he'd fire HHS Secretary Tom Price. In a highly unusual arrangement, Trump said at the outset that Priebus and chief strategist Steve Bannon would serve as "equal partners" in implementing his agenda.
The Department of Homeland Security confirmed that Gen. Kelly would remain the Secretary of Homeland Security until July 31 and then Deputy Sec.
Reince Priebus has been replaced by Gen. John F. Kelly as White House Chief of Staff. He had hoped to stay on at least a year but struggled to manage his unpredictable boss and was unable to get a handle on conflicting factions in the White House who have frequently squabbled. Trump said in a tweet. "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", he said.
There has been longstanding staff rivalry between veterans who signed up early for Trump's presidential campaign and Republican National Committee officials brought in for the fall race against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
The former Republican National Committee chairman, widely seen as a moderating influence on an erratic chief executive, is out just over six months after the administration took their seats.
"I think that the political environment is more complicated and more challenging than it is in strictly a command role", Gates said. "I've been talking to the president for a few days about this..." It also creates a cabinet vacancy at a time when the president has been openly warring with another cabinet secretary, prompting several prominent Republicans and conservatives to warn Trump against firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
His exit appeared inevitable when Trump did not intervene as his new communications director Anthony Scaramucci publicly described Priebus as a "paranoid schizophrenic" in a foul-mouthed tirade that also saw him savage another top Trump aide.
"Secretary Kelly is one of the strongest and most natural leaders I've ever known", Graham said.