John Kelly, Scott Pruitt, and the Epic Turnover of the Trump Administration


#TIA – Did it ever matter that the White House was well run? They say that Mussolini kept the trains running on time. Don’t ask us what A has to do with B but think about it. 

“Is John Kelly finally on his way out? Now that President Trump has accepted the resignation of his embattled E.P.A. chief, Scott Pruitt, the fate of his embattled chief of staff is the key drama of this drama-plagued Administration. Last July, when Kelly was appointed to the job, the retired Marine general was portrayed as a no-nonsense savior, who would “restore order” to Trump’s feuding, factionalized White House. But in recent months the question has become not whether Kelly could tame Trump but how soon Trump would get rid of Kelly. In February, the Times Magazine wondered, “How Long Can John Kelly Hang On?” In March, Kelly seemed to be clinging to his job day by day (and was later reported to have threatened to quit). In April, the Washington Post ran what amounted to a long obituary for Kelly’s tenure, tracking “the downward arc” of a chief of staff whose time in the White House was marked by “recurring and escalating clashes” with the President.”

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