For some reason, Donald Trump enjoys throwing people under the bus. He publicly humiliated and asked for the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. These past weeks he has been trampling all over Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The president has been picking fights with all sorts of Republicans in the House and Senate, but now he may have gone too far.
Republican Senator and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob Corker of Tennessee notably said that there were three people standing between “our country and chaos,” according to CNN:
‘I think Secretary Tillerson, Secretary Mattis, and Chief of Staff Kelly are those people that help separate our country from chaos, and I support them very much.’
Now, it appears that one of those three, Chief of Staff John Kelly, may be too close to the edge to recover. Kelly’s job is to reign in a president who may be too volcanic to manage. Given that Trump likes to control his kingdom, it was only a matter of time before his chief of staff would begin to grate on his nerves.
Vanity Fair reported that the two are “fighting a lot:”
‘According to conversations with four prominent Republicans close to the White House, Trump has grown frustrated with Kelly in recent weeks at what he sees as Kelly’s highhandedness.’
Kelly recently reassigned the president’s national trade adviser, Peter Navarro, to work for Gary Cohn. When Navarro next saw Trump, he told on the chief of staff. Trump had no idea about the reassignment and said:
‘You’re my guy and hang in there.’
At the same time, Kelly is under pressure with Trump’s frequent antics. A camera caught Kelly with his hand over his face when Trump called North Korean President Kim Jong-un “Rocket Man,” during a U.N. speech. Then, there is Trump’s blowup after NBC reported that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called the president “a moron” after a national security meeting.
“How long will the chief of staff last?” is the question running around the White House. One Vanity Fair source said:
‘He doesn’t love this job.’
A close friend to Kelly said the chief of the staff was not doing it for Trump but the country. On the other hand, Trump appears to be keeping him on for optics. It would look really bad to lose the general now with others close to the president who may be considering resigning.
We can only hope Kelly sticks around to save the country from chaos.
Check out this video of Donald Trump trying to squash rumors that Kelly is not long for this administration:
John Kelly is doing a great job. He will be here the remaining 7 years. – PDJT pic.twitter.com/gkze2daAK8
— SayItOutLoud (@orjustthinkit) October 8, 2017
Featured Image via Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla.