Reuters: McMaster And Kelly Might Be Quitting

Reuters reports:

Longstanding friction between U.S. President Donald Trump and two top aides, the National Security Adviser and the Chief of Staff, has grown to a point that either or both might quit soon, four senior administration officials said.

Both H.R. McMaster and John Kelly are military men considered by U.S. political observers as moderating influences on the president by imposing a routine on the White House. They have also convinced Trump of the importance of international alliances, particularly NATO, which he has criticized as not equally sharing its burdens with the United States.

However, all the officials were quick to add that the tensions could blow over, at least for now, as have previous episodes of discord between the president and other top officials who have fallen out of favor, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

  • greenmanTN

    Tune in to the next episode of Reality TV President to find out what happens next!

    If I declare myself a church, slapping Trump supporters will be one of the sacraments.

    • Christopher

      I’m waiting for this show to be canceled and replaced with something better.

      The ratings are terrible!

    • crewman

      If this is reality TV, we are an unwilling, unpaid part of the show.

    • Bluto

      Where’s the collection plate, I’m in.
      Hot hors d’oeuvres & cocktails during mass, amaright?

      • Galvestonian

        … and the holy water font filled with gin.

    • Puckfair52

      Dominus vobiscum (Lord Be with you)

      (response)

      Pedicabo sit omnibus (may he bugger them all)

      then the congregation offer each other the slap or the finger

      and the first hymn

      diabolus autem aurantiaco (The devil is orange more or less)

    • teeveedub

      Next week on Trump Shitshow:

      Alex Jones is confirmed as National Security Adviser, and Eric Trump finds himself in hot water with his Dad for inadvertently telling the truth.

  • Gustav2

    H.R. McMaster has stood up against Trump while talking to allies many times, including the past week in Munich.

    John Kelly has enabled Trump and shown his own true colors.

  • safari

    According to Vanity Fair today is the day Kelly was to restrict security access for those who could not transition from a temporary to permanent clearance. This includes Jared.

    • Gustav2

      Only because he was caught.

    • crewman

      This issue confuses me. I’ve also heard public statements from Kelly making me think Kushner would retain access to anything he wanted.

      • Gustav2

        A ‘heck of a job, Brownie’ comment.

      • safari

        Donald can do whatever he’d like with clearances. Jared can simply be removed from any oversight.

        • Richard, another Canuck

          donald is also one who should never have had a security clearance.

  • safari

    There have been rumblings that the Pentagon is trying to find a way to promote McMaster away from the White House.

  • Bambino

    It takes extraordinary individuals not to let the power goes to their head when holding positions in the WH but none of these people surrounding the dotard are. Just like the GOP enablers, they thought they have him under control and one by one they get burn. They won’t be the last. There’s no pacifying a mentally derange con man whose reality changes on a daily basis.

    • safari

      I think you mean momentary basis. Donald really is best experienced in print because it’s literally watching a confused old man try to think aloud.

    • Galvestonian

      … daily ? hell, it changes by the minute.

  • crewman

    So many people have left the Trump administration already, that we can see a pattern. The people he fawns over repeatedly are the people who probably dirt on Trump/Russia. I wonder what he’ll do here. These two men strike me as smart enough not to lie to Mueller when/if it comes to that.

    • Bambino

      The dotard is a shiny squirrel with no nuts to give. But some people are too greedy for their own good. They falls for this shiny squirrel time and time again.

  • blackstar
  • Boreal

    SO…………………………MUCH………………………………..WINNING

  • DaddyRay

    I don’t blame anyone who wants out of the Trump Administration

    • cleos_mom

      I blame them for wanting in. At the very least, bless their hearts for falling for that One Great Exception delusion.

  • Harveyrabbit
  • blackstar

    so if they quit who would protect us from *trump?

    • Bambino

      I don’t give that much credibility to these two protecting the interest of America. Two more grifters gone and two more will stand in place to replace them. The musical chair hasn’t cease since the last POTUS retired from the post.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    No Kelly Ann, you are not getting John Kelly’s job.

  • DaddyRay

    They can take comfort in knowing being part of this Trump Admin has trashed any credibility they once had

  • Leo

    “There are no good options for Manafort or Gates left – they accept a deal and a Russian kills them”
    https://twitter.com/RawStory/status/967028429190320128?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet

    • Treant

      My heart bleeds for them. Next time, don’t be treasonous bastards.

  • JackFknTwist

    Well it is ‘news-dump Friday’ –
    Don’t make any plans to take a long weekend Rachel !

    I thought there was a packt, McMaster, Kelly, Tillerson; whereby if one quit all three quit ?
    Where is the honour among these thieves ?

    I shudder to think of their snivelling position-craving replacements……sycophants of Washington DC line up on the right !

  • Longpole

    Trump unhinged. That’s what we are going to see after they leave. Somebody needs to cut the wires to his nuclear bomb detonation button.

    • Galvestonian

      We really need a patriotic Marine guard that believes in the second amendment before this fool pushes that damn red button to end the world.

  • Acronym Jim

    By working for the dotard, they’ve left their reputations in such tatters that all they will be able to do in the future is trash drag.

    • JackFknTwist

      Everyone who touches Trump/turd in immediately infected because he is so toxic.

    • Gerry Fisher

      Ya know, after all we’ve been through these past few years, it seems as if Americans will do *anything*, betray any value, and work with *anyone* if it gives them their 15 minutes of fame or puts dollars into their bank account. It’s freakin’ sad.

    • David Walker

      And when they fail in trash drag, they’ll be forced to drag trash.

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    Oh, he is a job creator! Two more jobs coming up!

  • Mark Née Fuzz

    The so called adults in the room aren’t doing such a good job anyway.

  • netxtown

    Both should get the hell out while they still have any shred of dignity remaining.

  • safari

    Who’d want to work with him? The track record is very clear.

    • violamateo

      Ummm, Ted Nugent? (Sorry, that’s all I’ve got…)

  • hdtex
  • TexasBoy

    Has there ever been an administration with this much turnover of its own appointees and hires?

    • AmeriCanadian

      Rachel Maddow made the comparison between the first year of Raygun’s administration and Drumpf’s. I think it was very close but Drumpf continues to make new gains in the race.

  • gaycuckhubby

    This again? At some point we need to stop reporting on these rumors. They never come to fruition. Tillerson was supposed to be gone for months and months and months ago. Jeff sessions was going to be gone months ago. John Kelly was on his way out 6 times already

  • Ninja0980

    I’ll believe it when it happens and not before.

  • TrollopeReader

    So Trump just posted this: https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/967023015035797504

    Me: we don’t even have an ambassador to South Korea !!
    Oh, and what about @VP Pence …. he was there earlier?!!

    • TrollopeReader

      sorry, Mike. you’ll never meet the Ivanka standards of excellence !!

    • Natty Enquirer

      We are ruled by the Borgias.

      • TrollopeReader

        if it was the Tudors we could say “Off with his head!”

    • Jean-Marc in Canada
  • TuuxKabin

    “the tensions could blow over, at least for now.”

    Fine. Blow ’em over and move on to the next ’round. American dysfunction at its best. Starts with the leadership. Lack of.

  • DesertSun59

    How many times now have we heard that Kelly is either quitting or being fired.

    Yet, he’s still there.

    • Steve Smith

      No-one else wants to do the job. The only applications come from inmates of secure mental hospitals.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Fake Christ, even McDonald’s doesn’t have this kind of turnover.

    • AmeriCanadian

      LOL. I’ve noticed that about Canadian fast food restaurants. I see the same faces year after year. Not so much in the U.S.

      • stevenj

        Are they paid better in Canada? I live in a US city that is so expensive to live in that fast food workers either have to still be living with their parents or apartments with numerous roommates. And it extends beyond fast food establishments. It is not uncommon at all to see signs posted on the doors of retail stores that they are looking for help in all job categories from management on down.

        • AmeriCanadian

          In Ontario (the province in which I live and the only one with which I’m familiar), the minimum wage was just raised to $11.40 per hour. I suspect that individuals would have a difficult time living on their own at this wage. But interestingly, many Canadians that I know are able to get by making $40K per year (about $20 per hour). I would like to think that a longer term employee is making more than minimum. The other factor in my perceived longevity of fast food workers here is that there just aren’t a lot of good jobs, especially away from the bigger cities. And lastly, I find that the Canadians that I associate with are not “ladder climbers” in that they are not constantly looking for bigger and better. They tend to be happy with what they have and, thus, are happier in general. This, of course, is all my opinion as I continually look for differences between the two cultures and evaluate my observations.

          • prixator

            No. The minimum wage was raised to $14.00 per hour from $11.40 on 1 January. It will be raised again to $15.00 per hour on 1 January 2019 (unless the PC’s somehow get elected to govern in June).

          • AmeriCanadian

            My mistake. My memory is not what it used to be.

  • Gerry Fisher

    On the one hand, I’m not fan of these guys, especially Kelly. On the other hand, they’re a few of the people in this administration who can sometimes keep things orderly and reasonable. Oy.

  • EdA

    Should they go, I hope (but do not actually expect) that their recollection of their oaths of office to defend the Constitution would call for them to loudly declare at least some of the ways in which Benedict Trump has been working to overthrow the Constitution.

    • cleos_mom

      Benedict Arnold was no coward in a battle. Maybe if he’d had bone spurs…

      • EdA

        I do recognize that to some extent, I malign Benedict Arnold by linking our quisling president, Vladimir Putin’s lackey, to him. At least Benedict Arnold’s leg was not a traitor.

        • cleos_mom

          Historians are no more immune to the Cuteseypoo Virus than anyone else; that’s a fact.

  • https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/how-the-media-bungled-the-john-kelly-story/

    John Kelly was hardly much of a moderating influence. Neither was McMaster, really. They’re too extreme for a normal administration, but they’re just not extreme enough for this insane one.

  • cleos_mom

    Punchbowl — meet turd. Pretty much the end result for anyone consenting to work for Dolt45.

  • Charles Nelson

    Kelly wants to kick out any White House people who don’t have permanent security clearances. FBI absolutely refuses to give Kushner one. So it is either Kelly or Jared…guess which one gets the boot?

  • JWC

    We all know that Cadet Bone Spurs does not like taking orders Its Donny’s sandbox

  • boobert

    Any positive reputation they had in the past is completely destroyed.

  • narutomania

    What a fecking miserable work environment! Why would any sane person want to work so closely with a clearly unstable, unpredictable and emotional immature loser as Drumpf?

  • AmeriCanadian

    This was predestined the moment Huckabilly stated that Drumpf had full faith in Kelly. Not sure what the official “word” was on McMaster but I wouldn’t be surprised if he had Drumpf’s “full faith” as well. The code was broken a long time ago. It’s like playing checkers with a kindergartner.

  • Charlie In SF

    They no doubt want to be long gone when Mueller hands down those indictments.

  • Galvestonian

    WHAT ? …and leaving Shitler unsupervised ? MIGAWD …

  • andrew

    It shows us just how deranged Trump is that military generals are a moderating influence on him. Hasn’t it usually been the other way around?

  • JCF

    Coming up next on “As the Stomach Turns (and Democracy Burns)”.