General John Kelly will no longer be White House chief of staff.
The New York Times reports: “John F. Kelly, the retired Marine general tapped as chief of staff by President Trump last year to bring order to his chaotic White House, will leave the job by the end of the year, Mr. Trump said on Saturday, the latest departure from the president’s inner circle after a bruising midterm election for his party. Mr. Trump, speaking with reporters on the White House lawn before departing for the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia, said that he would announce a replacement for Mr. Kelly, perhaps on an interim basis, in the next day or two. “John Kelly will be leaving — I don’t know if I can say ‘retiring,’” the president said. “But he’s a great guy. John Kelly will be leaving at the end of the year.” The leading candidate to replace Mr. Kelly is Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff and a Republican political operative, who possesses the kind of savvy about campaigns that Mr. Trump has craved. Mr. Kelly, a career military officer before becoming Mr. Trump’s first homeland security secretary, lacked such experience.”
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Nick Ayers seems like a decent enough guy but if he tries to freeze out MAGA people in favor of Pence-wing apologists, that would also be a problem. So, he shouldn’t do that.
The moderate-minded general Kelly first inflamed President Trump supporters when, as DHS chief, he made it clear to the Border Patrol union that there would never be a wall. Steve Bannon ignored warnings about Kelly from people in the know — as he often did during that period — and embraced Kelly as chief of staff. Soon, Bannon was gone. To their consternation, Bannon’s enemies Jared Kushner and Ivanka did not mesh well with Kelly, either.
Kelly is a decent man, and Trump supporters appreciate his service to our country. But we also need a Wall, and we need some hard-charging entrepeneurial people in that White House who have a better vision of what American nationalism means in an age in which a criminal Deep State is clinging to power and the entire corporate mainstream media is against the president.
Also, Kelly’s successor at DHS Kirstjen Nielsen is not exactly doing a bang-up job, considering the number of migrants who have made it over the “fence” at our Wall-less southern border.
President Trump’s relationship with the military is a good thing, but General Flynn was supposed to be the closest general to the president, advising Trump on how to save the Country. Flynn got bounced by the Crossfire Hurricane conspirators. Almost two years have gone by and the Republicans in Congress and Fox News have done a lot of complaining — based on actual reporting from the independent media about how Bad the Deep State situation is — but the GOP has not actually done anything to help out.
Anyway, let’s hope Kelly gets replaced by somebody more MAGA-oriented, and, for the record, we at BLP — which is run by me with no input from anyone more famous — have no beef with General Kelly and we wish him well.
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President Trump’s Approval Rating Soars as the Public Increasingly Supports His Coronavirus Response
The public supports Trump’s crisis response.
A Gallup poll has shown that President Trump’s approval rating has jumped to 49 percent as the coronavirus pandemic continues.
His approval rating has jumped five points in the past month. This matches his all-time high, which was previously achieved in late January and early February. Ninety-two percent of Republicans support the President, while 43 percent of independents and 13 percent of Democrats approve of Trump.
Americans also approve of the way President Trump has handled the coronavirus pandemic. Sixty percent of Americans support Trump’s disaster response while 38 percent of Americans disapprove. Ninety-four percent of Republicans support his response, while 60 percent of independents and 27 percent of Democrats support how Trump has handled coronavirus.
“The Trump administration has received some criticism for its response to the COVID-19 pandemic — including that the president downplayed the threat, at least up until his nationally televised address on March 11,” Gallup noted in their report.
“On March 16, Trump acknowledged the seriousness of the situation by urging people to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people and to have workers and students stay home if possible. The administration has had daily press conferences since then to update the nation on what the federal government is doing to address the situation,” they added.
It is not uncommon for an incumbent president to gain in popularity during a crisis, as every commander-in-chief in office during a serious threat has gained support from the public as a result.
“Historically, presidential job approval has increased when the nation is under threat. Every president from Franklin Roosevelt through George W. Bush saw their approval rating surge at least 10 points after a significant national event of this kind. Bush’s 35-point increase after 9/11 is the most notable rally effect on record,” Gallup noted.
Although he is peaking right now, President Trump has consistently shown strength in various polls for many months as the public realizes the fake news is lying about his administration:
New polling from Quinnipiac released Thursday shows President Donald Trump handily defeating every major Democratic presidential candidate in hypothetical general election matchups…
Well-known Democrats Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden are the most competitive candidates against Trump in the Wisconsin general election, and even they lose by a considerable seven points to the incumbent Republican president.
Even Pete Buttigieg, an Indiana mayor who claims to have a credible path to victory in midwestern states the President grabbed from the Democratic Party in 2016, appears nowhere near seriously competing in the state.
The polling suggests Democrats will have a serious uphill battle in order to contend for the electoral votes of midwestern states such as Wisconsin, in 2020 or other future Presidential elections.
President Trump’s polling in statewide and national surveys has consistently improved as the Democratic Primary erupts in contention, suggesting that the divisions within the Democratic Party may bode well for his re-election.
The state was formerly assumed to be a safe blue state, before Trump won its electoral votes in a shocking upset in 2016. Pennsylvania and Michigan also went Republican for the first time in decades in Trump’s victory, and will prove essential to the election in 2020. Polling of the latter two states shows closer general election contests than in Wisconsin.
President Trump is showing his leadership bona fides during the crisis, and the public is thrilled with the way he is handling the coronavirus pandemic.
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