Sunday, 22 April, 2018

White House pushes back against rumors

Nothing to see here White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has told top officials in the West Wing not to worry about losing their jobs – for now Nothing to see here White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has told top officials in the West Wing not to worry about losing their jobs – for now
Glenn Montgomery | 19 March, 2018, 00:22

The president is said to remain pleased with Mattis, as the defense secretary rarely publicly disagrees with Trump and has succeeded in quietly working through any differences, according to three White House officials and outside advisers.

According to The Daily Beast, however, a comment from Chief of Staff John Kelly suggests that the context in which Tillerson found out about his firing was far from normal.

Rex Tillerson was sacked by Trump on March 13, ending a rocky tenure as the nation's top diplomat for the former chief executive of Exxon.

With a laugh, Trump said: "Who's next?"

President Trump said Thursday in the Oval Office that news reports of a coming mass exodus from his White House are 'very false'.

People present for Kelly's unfiltered remarks were stunned why he would reveal such information to reporters - even in an off-the-record setting, sources said. But he has grown increasingly frustrated with the constant turmoil in the West Wing, believing at times that Trump intentionally fuels the chaos to keep his staff on its toes and his name in headlines, according to a person familiar with the chief of staff's thinking.

Jeff Sessions is also on Trump's list of targets. Should we believe the reports and the sources cited in those reports, or should we wait until the White House confirms McMaster is staying?

While only Canada and Mexico are now exempted from the tariffs, the White House has said other countries could also seek exemptions. Top economic adviser Gary Cohn and communications director Hope Hicks are leaving in coming weeks. He has told confidants he wants to rid himself of staffers who hold him back.

The newspaper said Mr. Trump is discussing potential replacements for Mr. McMaster, but is willing to take his time because he wants to avoid humiliating him as well as to have a successor ready.

Kelly also hinted that numerous rumors of cabinet members up on the chopping block, could have been spread by Trump himself, Axios reported. The reality is, Tillerson never had the flexibility given to former Secretary's of State had to do their job efficiently and still serve the president's interests. The president was speaking to friends outside the administration about his frustrations with advisers, Mr Kelly suggested.

Kelly has been credited with imposing order on the chaotic West Wing, but his relationship with Trump has also come under strain.

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