Has General Kelly Finally Had Enough?

By Susan Kuebler

Rumors were swirling around D.C. yesterday amid reports (unconfirmed) that Trump’s Chief of Staff General John Kelly had been taken off Air Force One prior to its departure for Las Vegas.

Kelly is the tough-talking Marine General brought in from the Department of Homeland Security to replace Reince Priebus.  His efforts to install discipline in the Oval Office have chafed some staffers like the The Honorable Omarosa who previously had unrestricted access to Trump, while Trump was also reportedly unhappy with the limitations on his contacts with friends and staffers.  This has led to further reports of friction between Trump and his Chief of Staff.

Who can forget the reaction of Kelly when Trump went off-script during his speech to the General Assembly of the United Nations, referring to the leader of North Korea as “rocket man”?  A picture, as they say, is worth a thousand words.

Unfortunately, he seems to have been unable to instill any discipline in the president, who still continues to tweet outrageous lies on a daily basis.

Then came reports yesterday that General Kelly was stopping Congressman Dana Rohrabacher from meeting with Trump to report on his visit with Julian Assange.  Rohrabacher is one of the most outspoken supporters of Russia in Congress.

While Kelly no doubts views this as part of “doing his job” it is likely that Trump might not share that view.  Trump seems to relish chastising and humiliating his subordinates when he has one of his regular temper tantrums, but there is probably only so much a general from the U.S. Marine Corps is going to take.  Yesterday I wrote an article speculating that Tillerson might be the next high-level official to leave the administration, but recent events put even money on either Kelly or Tillerson.  Some have already speculated that Kelly has already resigned and the White House is waiting until Friday to make the announcement official.

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Again, all of this is just speculation and rumor at this point – except for the Rohrabacher story – but it will be a significant blow to Trump and his administration if true.  Interestingly, Kelly is not part of the “suicide pact” between Mnuchin, Tillerson, and Mattis reported yesterday by The Washington Examiner.  That pact was that if any of the three members were forced out by Trump, the other two would immediately resign.

However yesterday Republican Senator Bob Corker, who has already announced he is not seeking re-election, was quoted by CNN News that Generals Kelly and Mattis, along with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson “are the people that help separate our country from chaos.”  One can only hope for the sake of our country that these rumors are not true and that Kelly will remain as a steadying influence in the Oval Office.  But he cannot be faulted if he decides that his only honorable option is to resign.

One comment

  1. I think we will see more and more of Trump’s people leaving. It’s just plain embarrassing to have a potus that possesses nothing in the line of manners, knowledge, protocol, self-control, integrity or any other attribute one needs to be successful in any job but more so as leader of our country. His inability to shake off the mildest of criticism without retaliation is a sign of instability. His attacks on his own people in the White House is another sign that he doesn’t have the temperament needed to work with other countries. He lacks self esteem, that is why he always tries to make other people look bad because in his mind that makes him look better.
    How refreshing it would be for him to stand before America and say, “I made a mistake. Let’s start over and work together to fix some of the things that are in dire need of fixing”. But, Trump is not one to ever admit that he was wrong. He’d rather blame others.
    And, he lies compulsively.
    This country will not be better off for having Donald Trump as president, I just hope we can recover.

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