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  • Haley: Top Trump aides tried to get me to undermine him

    11/10/2019 1:10:01 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 53 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11 10 2019 | Rebecca Klar
    Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley claims two of President Trump’s former senior advisers tried to get her to undermine him to “save the country,” The Washington Post reported Sunday, citing Haley’s upcoming memoir and an interview with her. According to the newspaper, Haley said former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and former White House chief of staff John Kelly would try to get her to work around the president. “Kelly and Tillerson confided in me that when they resisted the president, they weren’t being insubordinate, they were trying to save the country,” Haley wrote, according to...
  • Nikki Haley reveals Tillerson, Kelly privately discussed resisting Trump: ‘It was offensive’

    11/10/2019 2:28:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 174 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/10/2019 | Ronn Blitzer
    Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley blasted former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, recalling a private conversation where they defended resisting President Trump, telling her they did so out of necessity. […] Haley said that the two men “confided in me that when they resisted the president, they weren’t being insubordinate, they were trying to save the country” and how “Tillerson went on to tell me the reason he resisted the president’s decisions was because, if he didn’t, people would die….” Haley, however, was not impressed. “It should’ve been,...
  • 'I feel bad that I left': John Kelly warned Trump he would be impeached

    10/26/2019 11:24:26 AM PDT · by be-baw · 57 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 26, 2019 | David M. Drucker
    SEA ISLAND, Georgia — John Kelly warned President Trump that hiring a “yes man” to succeed him as White House chief of staff would lead to impeachment and, in hindsight, regrets his decision to resign. House Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry into Trump less than a year after Kelly departed the administration. The retired, four-star Marine general suggested the blame lies squarely with acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and other advisers who are unable, or unwilling, to keep the president out of trouble.
  • Outgoing White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly defends his rocky tenure

    12/30/2018 5:36:31 AM PST · by Eddie01 · 99 replies
    LA Times ^ | Dec. 30, 2018 | MOLLY O'TOOLE
    [snip] ...he presided over some of the Trump administration’s most controversial immigration and security policies. In the phone interview Friday, Kelly defended his rocky tenure, arguing that it is best measured by what the president did not do when Kelly was at his side. It was only after Kelly’s departure was confirmed Dec. 8, for example, that Trump abruptly announced the pullout of all U.S. troops from Syria and half the 14,000 troops from Afghanistan, two moves that Kelly had opposed. Kelly’s supporters say he stepped in to block or divert the president on dozens of matters large and small....
  • White House staffers on edge as Trump eyes another shake-up

    03/23/2018 5:53:19 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 52 replies
    ap ^ | 3/23/2018 | JONATHAN LEMIRE and ZEKE MILLER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is tired of being told “no.” Six weeks of staff churn and pronouncement shocks reflect a president who has grown increasingly confident on the job and more trusting of his instincts. After 14 months in the Oval Office, Trump is more comfortable bucking the advice of White House staffers and congressional Republicans, and that is increasingly putting even his allies on edge. Trump may have an even more dramatic shake-up in mind for his administration. The president has floated to outside advisers a plan to do away with the traditional West Wing power structure,...
  • Opinion: President Trump must dump John Kelly in what's become a no-win situation

    02/14/2018 11:24:57 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 94 replies
    CNBC "News" ^ | February 14, 2018 | by Jake Novak
    The Rob Porter domestic abuse scandal is more than just another bout of bad publicity for the White House. It's an actual dilemma that leaves President Donald Trump with no great options, only differing levels of bad choices. But every sensible choice includes chief of staff John Kelly leaving the White House. The key is what Kelly knew about the evidence of Porter's domestic abuse record, when he knew it, and what he did about it when he did know it. That leaves Kelly stepping down quietly and the president not commenting about it as the least bad scenario. It's...
  • Kelly- “It'll be released here pretty quick I think and the whole world can see it,” he said.

    01/31/2018 11:41:27 AM PST · by son of terrence · 92 replies
    The FBI said Wednesday that the bureau has “grave concerns” about the classified memo that purportedly reveals government surveillance abuses, but White House Chief of Staff John Kelly says it is going public, anyway. “With regard to the House Intelligence Committee’s memorandum, the FBI was provided a limited opportunity to review this memo the day before the committee voted to release it,” the FBI said in a statement. “As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.” But earlier Tuesday, Kelly told Fox News in an exclusive interview...
  • WH CoS John Kelly on FISA Memo: ‘It Will Be Released Pretty Quick and the Whole World Can See It’

    01/31/2018 8:37:18 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Pam Key
    Wednesday on Fox News Radio’s “Brian Kilmeade Show,” White House chief of staff John Kelly said the classified House Intelligence Committee memo about alleged bias in the FBI and the Justice Department “will be released here pretty quick.” Kelly said, “It will be released here pretty quick, I think, and the whole world can see it.”
  • Kelly: We won’t build all of Trump’s wall, and Mexico won’t pay for it

    01/17/2018 7:48:14 PM PST · by EinNYC · 84 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 17, 2018 | Bob Fredericks
    White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly told Democratic lawmakers Wednesday that the US will never build a wall along the entire southern border and that Mexico won’t pay for what we do erect — refuting one of President Trump’s top campaign promises.
  • Donald Trump Corrects John Kelly: ‘The Wall Is the Wall, It Has Never Changed or Evolved’

    01/18/2018 7:06:41 AM PST · by EliRoom8 · 127 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 18, 2018 | Charlie Spiering
    President Donald Trump corrected his Chief of Staff John Kelly after he said that the president had “evolved” on the wall. “There’s been an evolutionary process that this president has gone through,” Kelly said in an interview with Fox News host Bret Baier, pointing out that Trump had “very definitely changed his attitude” towards DACA recipients and the wall. But Trump pushed back on Twitter against the suggestion that he had evolved on the wall. “The Wall is the Wall, it has never changed or evolved from the first day I conceived of it,” Trump said.
  • Nauert: Kelly called State Dept to knock down reports of Tillerson ouster

    11/30/2017 12:37:42 PM PST · by AndyJackson · 55 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/30?2017 3:26 PM | Max Greenwood
    White House chief of staff John Kelly called the State Department on Thursday to dispel media reports that a plan had been developed to remove Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, agency spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.
  • Report: Gen. Kelly 'Discussed Possibility' of Ivanka and Jared 'Departing by the End of the Year'

    11/26/2017 10:35:58 AM PST · by drewh · 45 replies
    AOL News ^ | Nov 26th 2017 4:15PM GMT | geobeats
    Multiple reports have recently shed light on Jared Kushner’s evolving role in the White House. A New York Times piece on Saturday noted that while President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser initially had a wide and somewhat ambiguous role, that is no longer the case under current White House chief of staff John Kelly. “Jared works for me,” Kelly is said to have told others in the White House, according to the Times. Furthermore, “according to three advisers to the president, Mr. Kelly has even discussed the possibility of Mr. Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump, departing the West Wing...
  • President Trump Wants Ivanka and Jared to Move Back Home to New York City

    11/23/2017 3:57:19 PM PST · by drewh · 51 replies
    Newsweek ^ | ON 11/22/17 AT 5:30 PM | BY BEATRICE DUPUY
    President Donald Trump has told his daughter Ivanka Trump, and her husband, Jared Kushner, to move back to New York, fueling rumors of a strained relationship between his son-in-law and senior adviser, according to a new report. Trump is pressuring the couple to move back home to escape the negative press coverage. “He keeps pressuring them to go,” a source told Vanity Fair magazine. The latest report follows an earlier story that Trump has mentioned his concerns in front of other staffers, telling his daughter and White House adviser, “Baby, you’re getting killed, this is a bad deal.” Kushner’s influence...
  • General Kelly: “I Was stunned” When a Member of Congress Listened in on Trump Phone Call to Widow

    10/19/2017 12:38:17 PM PDT · by davikkm · 84 replies
    WOW! General Kelly WENT OFF on Rep. Wilson on Thursday during the White House Press Briefing. Kelly said, “I was stunned… That this representative listened in on a phone call from a president to a widow.” General Kelly: I was stunned when I came to work tomorrow morning and broken-hearted at what I saw a member of Congress doing. A member of Congress who listened in on a phone call from the President of the United States.
  • General Kelly Press Conference - Kicks the Crap Out of the Media AND Congresswoman Wilson

    10/19/2017 12:25:47 PM PDT · by LRoggy · 84 replies
    Vanity ^ | 10/19/17 | LRoggy
    If you didn't watch it live, MAKE SURE you watch the replay anywhere you can get it If I were big mouth Wilson I'd be looking for arsenic to swallow right now
  • President Obama didn't phone Gen. John Kelly when his son was killed

    10/17/2017 9:23:13 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 43 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | October 17, 2017 | Geoff Earle
    President Obama didn't phone Gen. John Kelly when his son was killed in action in Afghanistan, it is revealed as Trump is partially vindicated in his attack on predecessors President Trump said Tuesday he had 'nothing to clarify' in remarks about calling families of the fallen He spoke at length Monday about how he calls and writes families of the fallen He claimed his predecessors 'didn't make calls' Former White House officials angrily disputed that claim Trump on Tuesday brought up White House chief of staff John Kelly, whose son was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2010 An administration...
  • Chief of Staff Gen John Kelly Steps Up to White House Press Podium, Immediately Savages Media

    10/12/2017 1:04:02 PM PDT · by markomalley · 38 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | 10-12-17 | Benny Johnson
    It is not rare for Sarah Sanders to let other administration officials take the White House press podium. However, the room went silent when White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly took the podium Thursday for the first time in his new position. Kelly explained his lack of press availability, beginning his remarks by saying, “I've decided not to do too much with the press until I get my feet on the ground.” It took Kelly, a Marine combat veteran of 45 years, approximately one minute to lay into the White House press and the leaks coming out of...
  • Donald Trump: John Kelly Loves His Job; Will Remain for ‘Seven Remaining Years’

    10/07/2017 10:40:58 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/07/17 | Charlie Spiering
    President Donald Trump said Gen. John Kelly loved his job as White House chief of staff, and Trump wanted him to stay for the rest of his presidency. “John Kelly is one of the best people I’ve ever worked with, he’s doing an incredible job,” he told reporters at the White House. Trump said Kelly told him that he loved doing his job as White House chief of staff more than any other job he had ever had. “He’s doing a great job, he will be here, in my opinion, for the entire seven remaining years,” Trump said assuming...
  • Tillerson Summoned to White House Amid Presidential Fury

    10/06/2017 8:47:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    NBC News ^ | 10/06/2017 | CAROL E. LEE, KRISTEN WELKER, COURTNEY KUBE and ANDREA MITCHELL
    WASHINGTON — John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, abruptly scrapped plans to travel with President Donald Trump on Wednesday so he could try to contain his boss’s fury and manage the fallout from new revelations about tensions between the president and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, according to six senior administration officials. Kelly summoned Tillerson, and their ally Defense Secretary James Mattis, to the White House, where the three of them huddled to discuss a path forward, according to three administration officials. The White House downplayed Kelly's decision to stay in Washington, saying he did so to manage...
  • John Kelly's personal cellphone was compromised, White House believes

    10/06/2017 8:51:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/06/2017 | By JOSH DAWSEY, EMILY STEPHENSON and ANDREA PETERSON
    White House officials believe that chief of staff John Kelly’s personal cellphone was compromised, potentially as long ago as December, according to three U.S. government officials. The discovery raises concerns that hackers or foreign governments may have had access to data on Kelly’s phone while he was secretary of Homeland Security and after he joined the West Wing. Tech support staff discovered the suspected breach after Kelly turned his phone in to White House tech support this summer complaining that it wasn’t working or updating software properly. Kelly told the staffers the phone hadn’t been working properly for months, according...