Washington: President Trump replaced Reince Priebus, with fmr Gen John Kelly, who was Secretary of Homeland Security, as his new White House Chief of Staff. Reports say that Priebus, submitted his resignation to the President on Thursday.
But it was in a series of tweets, on Twitter, that President Trump announced his decision to the world…
“I am pleased to inform you that I have just named General/Secretary John F Kelly as White House Chief of Staff. He is a Great American…..and a Great Leader. John has also done a spectacular job at Homeland Security. He has been a true star of my Administration….I would like to thank Reince Priebus for his service and dedication to his country. We accomplished a lot together and I am proud of him!”
This sudden news comes within 24 hours of the US Senate voting down the latest attempt to pass a replacement to Obamacare.
The President in selecting former Gen John Kelly, who was appointed Secretary of Homeland Security earlier this year, and who has already had great success in vastly reducing the number of illegal immigrants entering the country along the southern border, is gambling that Gen Kelly’s management style will work to bring discipline to a White House staff that’s been marked more by chaos that a smooth running organization.
Gen Kelly, as a former Four-Star Marine General, brings the management experience of running a large operation. Kelly also seems to fit into the mode of Trump’s appreciation for those with military experience.
While this is unusual to replace a White House Chief of Staff, within the first year, it is reminiscent of a staff shake up that President Bill Clinton undertook in June of 1993, when his staff seemed to not be clicking, and in the wake of a number of embarrassing events, Clinton brought in DC veteran David Gergen.
This last month has been especially rocky in the Trump White House, not only with the defeat of the effort to replace Obamacare, but White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer sudden resignation, and the new WH Director of Communications, Andrew Scaramucci, this week giving an on the record interview to a reporter, that was filled with gross sexual references to other members of the president’s staff.
Aside from the appointment of a Justice Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court, the Trump agenda has remained stalled, despite the Republicans having majorities in both house of congress.