Washington – 31 July 2017

In one of his first acts as White House chief of staff, John Kelly has pushed out President Trump, a stunning move that suggests the new boss has wider leeway than many people thought when Trump announced Kelly’s hiring late Friday.

Trump spent less than seven months in his post, a stunningly short period of time by any measure of presidential tenures. Even in that short time, he repeatedly made waves by his rank ignorance and vulgar manners.

When Anthony ‘The Mooch’ Scaramucci and Reince ‘Scalded Hound’ Priebus were fired over the last week, Kelly’s hiring appeared to be a signal that Trump had finally chosen safe hands over small hands and patriotism over petulence.

Indeed, Kelly’s hiring seemed to clash with the White House image forwarded by the President. A four-star Marine general known for discipline and organization, Kelly was the opposite of the free-wheeling and free-talking Trump. The presumption was, however, that Trump’s closeness to Kelly would insulate him in spite of the massive controversy caused by his presidency.

That presumption was proven wrong Monday evening. Why? Because we may well have underestimated Kelly’s negotiating power when deciding to accept the chief of staff job or his influence over Trump once he took it.

Most Republican establishment types applauded the move, believing, as Kelly clearly did, that Trump had already sacrificed his credibility inside and outside the White House, and had become a massive distraction.

“General Kelly is 1 for 1,” tweeted Florida Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo in the wake of Trump’s firing. “Let’s keep it going.”

Curbelo reflected the feelings of lots of Republican elected officials who viewed Trump as, at best, a distraction and, at worst, an actively negative force within a White House already careening out of control.

Trump’s firing at the hands of Kelly will give some within the GOP establishment hope that Kelly will bring much needed message and personal discipline to a White House that has shown little of either. In the ouster, there will also be some who see evidence that Kelly is what the country needs — a four-star general.

For today, however, the forces of order won out over the forces of chaos. And given how Trump’s last week went, that’s a very good thing if you are a Republican on the ballot come 2018.

Fake News Corporation (the original article appeared here)


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