Saturday, August 12, 2017

Kelly Considers Further Shuffling of West Wing Staff

Did I mention that a soft military coup is in progress?

White House chief of staff John Kelly spent this week in Bedminster, N.J., pondering changes in the West Wing, reports Politico.

More from Politico:
Kelly, a former Marine general, has also raised concerns about the administration’s communications, personnel practices and political operations, these officials said. He has said there have been too many internal fights over appointments, and that they need to speed up. He has been vague about exactly what he wants, telling aides he is still studying the White House, but has made clear “that the place will be different soon,” one senior administration official said. He has asked aides to deliver reports back — and has asked them how they would improve the West Wing.

He has heard a number of complaints about Bannon, who has remained in Washington during the president’s stay in Bedminster, and was displeased by a TV performance from Sebastian Gorka, a national security aide, who questioned Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s comments about the use of military force against North Korea...
The increased chatter has raised eyebrows inside the White House about Bannon's future. The chief strategist has stayed in Washington while many of the senior aides have been in New Jersey...
He is asking aides about those they think aren’t team players — and has heard about Bannon.
It's all about Trump's infatuation with the military:
 “General Kelly has done a fantastic job,” Trump said. “‘Chief,’ I call him, ‘Chief.’ He’s a respected man, he’s a four-star general from the Marines, and he carries himself like a four-star from the Marines.”

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