A newly published piece in New York Magazine is telling all about how Former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks now feels about “the madness engulfing the White House,” and casts a haze over some key White House figures.
According to the author of the cover piece, Olivia Nuzzi, White Chief of Staff John Kelly actually blamed Hicks for enabling what to him, were Hicks’ worst habits. Nuzzi quoting an unnamed senior White House official said:
‘He was extraordinarily dismissive of her. He would refer to her as “the high-schooler.” He doesn’t like a woman that potentially has some position of power over him. He thinks women should be subservient to him. If you look at his relationship with Ivanka[Trump] or Hope — women who aren’t subservient to him — he has problems with those people.’
This makes sense considering the awful way Kelly handled the disclosure of former White House aide Rob Porter’s domestic abuse allegations. According to a bombshell report by the New York Post:
‘Jealousy over Rob Porter dating his ex-girlfriend Hope Hicks likely led Corey Lewandowski, President Trump’s former campaign manager, to leak the wife-beating allegations that ultimately forced Porter’s resignation…’
Kelly handled the leaks about Porter disgracefully after it was revealed that Porter was never granted a high-level security clearance due to his background check which detailed counts of domestic abuse. Kelly just dismissed it as a “messy divorce,” and went about his business continuing to degrade women. Disgustingly, Kelly’s statement read:
‘Rob Porter is a man of true integrity and honor, and I can’t say enough good things about him. He is a friend, a confidant and a trusted professional. I am proud to serve alongside him.
New York Magazine reported:
‘The White House would go on to claim ignorance and to claim that Porter’s background check was ongoing. But in January, according to FBI testimony, the White House was handed the bureau’s final review on the matter. Porter maintained only an interim clearance.’
Another prompting of Kelly’s disdain for Hope Hicks has to do with his rivalry with Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. Hicks and Lewandowski have also been romantically linked. According to New York Magazine:
‘Complementary to Lewandowski’s hatred of Porter was his rivalry with John Kelly. To establish order in the West Wing, Kelly had made the president less accessible to outsiders and outside information less accessible to him. A source close to the White House said that, soon after Bannon was fired in August, he became high on the idea of seeing Kelly replaced with a combination of Lewandowski and Bossie, who had co-authored a book called Let Trump Be Trump. They would be the ideal gatekeepers for people who would otherwise need to jump the gate.’
New York reported that Hicks had considered resigning herself a couple of times before it actually happened:
‘Over dinner in Bedminster in early August, she told Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump that she was unhappy. She’d thought that being in the White House would feel different than the campaign, but instead, surrounded by eccentrics, maniacs, divas, and guys from the Republican National Committee who seemed to think they were managing a Best Buy in Kenosha, it was somehow sicker there in the stillness of it all. She suggested removing herself from the belly of the psychodrama to work elsewhere in the administration. Sharing her frustrations, Jared and Ivanka engaged her idea with caution; they asked her to give General John Kelly, the new chief of staff, a chance to change the West Wing for the better.’
The New York report also revealed that Kelly may have been plotting to replace Hicks with Mercedes Schlapp. One unnamed official said:
‘Kelly wanted Hope to move out of the anteroom to the Oval Office and into the communications office. He did not like that she had that level of access and influence.’
It sounds like John Kelly just generally doesn’t like women, and as one source stated, he cannot handle competing with powerful women.
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