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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