White House Staff- Heads up! General Kelly is Now In Charge!
On Monday, President Trump appointed Marine General John Kelly as White House Chief of Staff with one change: he’s now in charge of the staff entirely. No more “Communications Director.” Everyone now reports directly to Kelly. THIS ought to be interesting.
With that extraneous position now gone, all White House Staff will report directly to the General. Ivanka and Jared Kushner reportedly are all for this new development, and thoroughly support Kelly.
Anthony Scaramucci was fired (ok there was that “resigned” thing) after his profanity-laced rant about Reince Priebus was published in The New Yorker Magazine. That rant got major attention and caused a huge kerfluffle.
He did serve a purpose: three people quit as a result of his rather overbearing presence. Reince Priebus, Sean Spicer, and Michael Short all hit the road. Priebus especially was never able to plug the leaks, so effectiveness was not high.
Scaramucci had loudly promised to fire the leakers. For a leaky White House, thunder was probably better than a whisper.
The one thing we do know about Scaramucci in his short-10 or 11 day tenure, is that he was volatile. He was loyal to Trump at least on the surface.
Why did Trump hire him in the first place? He was loud, obnoxious, and pushy. He was hired because Trump hires people who can get things done. Their personality is secondary.
“The president is about performance. He rates everyone, including himself. After health care failing and constant leaks, I think the president made a move to hit the reset button and bring in new leadership. It was smart and decisive.” Chris Ruddy, Trump friend, CEO Newsmax
General Kelly is not a loudmouth. The former head of US Southern Command does what has to be done and though he seems to deal with the press just fine, he’s not a “yes man” nor is he an attention-seeker. Which simply means that any leakers that may be left after Scaramucci’s departure had better beware. He’s a Marine, and he will dispose of any interference with the mission.