Let’s face the facts, folks! General John Kelly has been an admirable chief of staff for President Trump, but his time has come… On the heels of rumors that Trump’s been unhappy with Kelly’s managerial style, now comes “Porter-gate.”
Things aren’t looking too bright for General Kelly…
Here’s the scoop per NBC:
President Donald Trump, frustrated by his staff’s handling of the abuse allegations against Rob Porter, is increasingly venting about Chief of Staff John Kelly and speculating about potential replacements, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.
One senior administration official and three other people briefed on those conversations told NBC News Trump is angry at Kelly’s initial statement of effusive support about Porter’s character — and then the quick walkback the next day.
After allegations of physical and verbal abuse were made public by two of Porter’s ex-wives in The Daily Mail, Kelly said in a statement: “Rob Porter is a man of true integrity and honor and I can’t say enough good things about him.” Kelly’s second statement not that “there is no place for domestic violence in our society” but said he stood by his original comments. Porter, who has denied the abuse allegations, left his job as White House staff secretary on Thursday.
And here’s more from CNBC:
With John Kelly under fire for his handling of a top aide’s domestic abuse scandal, there is a new round of reports that President Donald Trump is entertaining the possibility of replacing the retired four-star Marine general as his chief of staff.
This time, the name popping up as a potential successor is Mick Mulvaney, director of the administration’s Office of Management and Budget and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Mulvaney, a Republican former congressman from South Carolina who positions himself as a fiscal conservative, has seen his star rise in an administration often rocked by chaos and staff turnover. CNN reported that Mulvaney’s profile grew even bigger during negotiations over government spending.
Mulvaney would be a solid choice to succeed General Kelly as he’s a tried-and-true fiscal conservative, loyal Trump supporter, and knows how to navigate the treacherous waters in Washington. And it goes without saying that Kelly isn’t out for sure. One thing we know about President Trump is that the decision is his alone, and he can definitely change his mind.
Besides, can you really trust NBC anyways?
maybe moving on “to greener pastures?”