After Reince Priebus’ departure last week, President Donald Trump appointed the former secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, General John Kelly as the new White House Chief of Staff. Reince Priebus served only six months as Chief of Staff, the shortest mandate for this position.
Kelly Praised by Republicans
John Kelly is a retired military general that is expected to bring “order” and “discipline” to the White House staff, according to Trump administration representatives. After his appointment, Sunday morning shows reported on the sentiments within the administration as a result of the sudden turn of events with Priebus. It is interesting to notice that Republican Maine Senator Susan Collins, who has stood out recently on her opposition to the GOP health care bill, voiced her approval of Kelly.
On the other hand, Corey Lewandowski, former Trump campaign manager, stated for NBC’s Meet the Press:
Chuck, as I’ve said, you’ve to let Trump be Trump. That is what has made him successful the last 30 years. That is what the American people vote for. And anyone who thinks they are going to change Donald Trump doesn’t know Donald Trump.
This is particularly significant given the criticisms Priebus faced before leaving the position. Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci attacked Priebus publicly and advised the President to fire him previously. Ivanka Trump and her husband, senior adviser Jared Kushner pushed as well for Priebus to be let go.
So far it seems Kelly has had a warm welcome.
Kelly’s Place in the Administration
Despite the common agreement that Kelly is a great addition to the Trump administration, no one is giving any statements yet on the chain of command. Given how Scaramucci reported to Trump directly and not Priebus, it is interesting to see how much control Kelly will have over the staff.
Kellyanne Conway refused to give any indications about Kelly’s role on Sunday. She only stated that the general would bring “order, discipline and a chief of state that empowers staff to succeed.”
Kelly’s first meeting will take place on Monday.
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