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Chief of Staff: John Kelly

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  • Independent
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    What are your predictions of how successful John Kelly will be as DT's new chief of staff.

    Kelly does not come across as a Trump loyalist so IMHO, its unlikely he'll get on board with shady\unethical\illegal tactics that will put his career\rep on the line. If Trump wants another person to shine his shoes and say "Yes sir, anything you want sir", the Kelly will quickly resign.

    How do you think this will play out?

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Kelly makes a great boot licker. He's a yes man. Unless your name is Barack H Obama, then Kelly is a NO man.
  • Center Left
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    Boot licker, ass licker, he will find an obedient stooge and there seems to be many who want to join the circus.

    He's military so lesser minds will see devoted and strong. He's a high school hall monitor in essence. I hope that the leaks continue because others want the truth to get out. We will see.

  • Independent
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    A chief of staff has as a requirement loyalty to the person who appointed him/her. At least until and unless the situation strains their internal morality to the breaking point and beyond. They are not required so far as I have ever heard to uphold and defend the constitution. However Kelly was in a previous life so his breaking point maybe sooner than some other person's.
  • Independent
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    As an ex general; he likely wants "control". Working with the present unruly bunch like Bannon an Scarecrowmushi as well Miller and Kussner, it will be fun for sure. But yeah, the "idiot" Trump will not change because of him, so I bet the "tweeting" will continue as usual, as well the stupidity.
  • Democrat
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    Well it looks like the new Chief of Staff will not tolerate breaking the Chain of Command, "Mooch" is gone . One thing all Command Generals know is that you must have a chain of command and to be successful you must adhere to it, also it is understood that consolidation of power is a must to maintain order, which this White House is sorely lacking.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    johnnycee Wrote: Well it looks like the new Chief of Staff will not tolerate breaking the Chain of Command, "Mooch" is gone . One thing all Command Generals know is that you must have a chain of command and to be successful you must adhere to it, also it is understood that consolidation of power is a must to maintain order, which this White House is sorely lacking.

    Somebody's super excited about a military man taking over the White House.

    I wonder how you would have responded if President Obama did the same thing.

    Here's my guess - "Obama is a tyrant! Obama is trying to push through a military Coup d'├ętat! Obama is making me pay for women's birth control, but I'm okay with him paying for my Viagra because I can't get it up."

    Does that sound about right?

  • Independent
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    jaredsxtn Wrote:
    johnnycee Wrote: Well it looks like the new Chief of Staff will not tolerate breaking the Chain of Command, "Mooch" is gone . One thing all Command Generals know is that you must have a chain of command and to be successful you must adhere to it, also it is understood that consolidation of power is a must to maintain order, which this White House is sorely lacking.

    Somebody's super excited about a military man taking over the White House.

    I wonder how you would have responded if President Obama did the same thing.

    Yes Jared, Goldman Sachs, "generals" and "billionaires" are running the country . Success assured! Thus the same as in any "dictorial" country . Go wave your Russian flag!
  • Independent
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    I didn't know Obama was also a tyrant; that was well kept secret. Better kept secret than he bugged Trump and that he faked his birth certification because he's really a robot created by Hillary Clinton programmed with the mission "Must destroy American. Must destroy Donald Trump". Well thank god that Donald Trump foiled the plot. If we did not elect The Donald to save us from her evil clutches, we'd living in decaying ruble of what was once the USA. ;)
  • Independent
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    If I were John Kelly, I'd send Trump off on a 9 month rally tour where all he does is rallies and various speeches\awards\etc; and behind his back let professional adults run the government (ie Pence becomes the defacto president)

    Let Trump be nothing more than figure head that makes no significant decisions. Have him only return the WH when he needs to sign a bill, other than that, let him live in Mar-a-largo, play golf all day, and travel doing his revival rallies. Let him think he is God, but don't let him actually have any true influence over anything important. Let him decide what going to be recorded on his Tivo, and what's going to be served for lunch.


    However, I don't actually want any of that to happen. I hope Kelly can't do jack because he's dealing with a child in a man's body, and the best he can do is be a baby sitter keeping Trump from putting his finger in the power sockets at the WH and other simple things that keeps a baby sitter busy.

    Staff meeting

    Kelly: "OK, who gave the president his smart phone back yesterday? I am damn tired of these daily tweets. We can't mandate that all babies be circumcised as part of the healthcare bill!"

  • Liberal
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    Kelly and a Trumpy will be at odds shortly and he will be surfing thru the revolving White House door. Neither of them will put up with each other's BS for long!
  • Liberal Democrat
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    John Kelly may have a honeymoon of sorts with Trump, but honeymoons do not last long. No one has been able to change Trump. Up to now John Kelly shined as the head of the DHS because he was left alone by Trump to do his own thing, and more importantly perhaps he didn't take the spotlight away from Trump.

    As soon as the media starts giving Kelly too many public accolades like putting him on the cover of Time, Trump will find ways to undermine him probably by allowing Ivanka and Jared or perhaps Bannon to break the chain of command. Then there will be a clash and Kelly will be out the door. Loyalty to Trump is a one way street and on his terms.

  • Independent
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    Schmidt Wrote:

    John Kelly may have a honeymoon of sorts with Trump, but honeymoons do not last long. No one has been able to change Trump. Up to now John Kelly shined as the head of the DHS because he was left alone by Trump to do his own thing, and more importantly perhaps he didn't take the spotlight away from Trump.

    As soon as the media starts giving Kelly too many public accolades like putting him on the cover of Time, Trump will find ways to undermine him probably by allowing Ivanka and Jared or perhaps Bannon to break the chain of command. Then there will be a clash and Kelly will be out the door. Loyalty to Trump is a one way street and on his terms.

    Good early analysis. At this point, I can't see Kelly becoming a true Trump loyalist, which is someone who is willing to set aside everything, and do what Trump expects without hesitation.

    Here is what I wonder about. Are there personality types (roles) that Trump respects being equal or superior to him? If, in Trump World, high ranking generals are Gods, then Trump might perceive them as wise men that he should listen too. In otherwords, Kelly might be someone who Trump defers to. ...Keep in mind, I am talking about Trump World; what is going on in his head where everything makes perfect 'bizarro' sense.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    "Loyalty to Trump is a one way street and on his terms." Said Schmidt.

    No truer words ever said. Makes me wonder about his kids. How they are still around.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Dockadams Wrote: Kelly makes a great boot licker. He's a yes man. Unless your name is Barack H Obama, then Kelly is a NO man.
    Trump needs politicians.