Tag Archives: John Kelly

Gen. John Kelly Defends Working For Trump: At Least We All “Kept The Train From Careening Off The Tracks”

“The vast majority of people who worked in the White House were decent people who were doing the best they could to serve the nation. “They’ve unfortunately paid quite a price for that in reputation and future employment. They don’t deserve that. “They deserve better than that, because they kept the train from careening off the tracks. The climate—the work …

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Kelly: Trump Is Most Flawed Person I’ve Ever Known

CNN reports: Former White House chief of staff, retired Marine Gen. John Kelly, has told friends that President Donald Trump “is the most flawed person” he’s ever known. “The depths of his dishonesty is just astounding to me. The dishonesty, the transactional nature of every relationship, though it’s more pathetic than anything else. He is the most flawed person I …

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Trump’s Generals So Far Silent On “Losers” Scandal

The Associated Press reports: Senior and former military leaders appeared to struggle Friday with how to respond to a report that President Donald Trump disparaged U.S. service members killed in combat as “losers,” as the president attacked the allegations as “fake news.” Retired Navy Adm. James Stavridis, sharing the Atlantic article on Twitter, described the military’s cemeteries as “sacred shrines …

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Kelly Rejected FBI Job Over Trump’s Loyalty Demand

Axios reports: The day after President Trump fired FBI boss James Comey, the president phoned John Kelly, who was then secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, and offered him Comey’s job, the New York Times’ Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Michael Schmidt reports in his forthcoming book, “Donald Trump v. The United States.” Driving the news: “But the president added something …

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Former WH Chief Of Staff John Kelly Blasts Ex-Boss Trump: “We Need To Look Harder At Who We Elect”

CNN reports: Former White House chief of staff John Kelly said Friday he agrees with former Secretary of Defense Gen. Jim Mattis’ stark warning this week that President Donald Trump is “the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people” as nationwide protests have intensified over the death of George Floyd. “I agree with …

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John Kelly: Trump Is Lying About Firing James Mattis

The Washington Post reports: President Trump’s former chief of staff John F. Kelly defended former defense secretary Jim Mattis on Thursday over Mattis’s criticism of the president’s handling of nationwide protests. Kelly also dismissed Trump’s assertion that the president fired the retired general in 2018. “The president did not fire him. He did not ask for his resignation,” Kelly, a …

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John Bolton Defends John Kelly After Trump Tirade

So many shifting alliances: Former national security adviser John Bolton on Thursday came to the defense of former chief of staff John Kelly after President Trump lashed out over a series of criticisms Kelly made during an appearance at a New Jersey university. “John Kelly is an honorable man. John and I have disagreed at times, as is commonplace at …

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Trump Predictably Hits Back At John Kelly: “Like Most X’s He Misses The Action, Can’t Keep His Mouth Shut”

Mediaite reports: President Donald Trump blasted John Kelly for speaking against him by invoking some alleged remarks from his former chief of staff’s wife. Kelly gave a speech to Drew University on Wednesday night, and in coverage from The Atlantic, Kelly was described as defending Alexander Vindman for his testimony against Trump over the Ukraine scandal. Kelly said Vindman was …

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John Kelly Unloads On Trump About Almost Everything

The Atlantic reports: Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, the former National Security Council aide and impeachment witness President Donald Trump fired Friday, was just doing his job, former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly told students and guests at a Drew University event here Wednesday night. Over a 75-minute speech and Q&A session, Kelly laid out, in the clearest terms …

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John Kelly: The GOP Only Gave Trump “Half A Trial”

The New Jersey Advance reports: A Senate vote to end President Donald Trump’s impeachment proceedings without calling witnesses should be considered “half a trial,” the president’s former chief of staff John Kelly said Friday. “In my view, they kind of leave themselves open to a lot of criticism,” Kelly said in an interview in advance of his Feb. 12 appearance …

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Former Trump Aide John Kelly: “I Believe John Bolton”

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports: President Donald Trump is denying that he told former National Security Adviser John Bolton he wanted to withhold military aid from Ukraine until the country launched investigations into Joe Biden and his son, allegations that Bolton levies in his new book, according to news reports. But one of Trump’s former top aides told a Sarasota crowd …

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In New Memoir Nikki Haley Accuses Rex Tillerson And John Kelly Of Working To Undermine Trump’s Policies

The Washington Post reports: Two of President Trump’s senior advisers undermined and ignored him in what they claimed was an effort to “save the country,” former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley claims in a new memoir. Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and former White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly sought to recruit her to work around and …

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White House Hits Back At John Kelly: He Was “Totally Unequipped To Handle The Genius” Of The President

The Washington Post reports: John Kelly, former chief of staff to President Trump, said Saturday he warned the president before he left the White House not to replace him with a “yes man” because it would lead to Trump’s impeachment. The White House on Saturday released a statement from Trump denying that Kelly ever delivered that warning, in his first …

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John Kelly: I Warned Trump He’d End Up Impeached If He Replaced Me With Another One Of His “Yes Men”

The Washington Examiner reports: John Kelly warned President Trump that hiring a “yes man” to succeed him as White House chief of staff would lead to impeachment and, in hindsight, regrets his decision to resign. House Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry into Trump less than a year after Kelly departed the administration. The retired, four-star Marine general suggested the blame …

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Watchdog Group Sues Trump Administration For Docs About John Kelly’s Financial Ties To Detention Centers

CBS News reports: The nonprofit Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) sued the federal government Monday, demanding that it produce documents related to former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Caliburn International, the operator of the nation’s largest shelter for unaccompanied migrant children. CBS News reported in May that Kelly had joined the board of directors …

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John Kelly Dodges On Trump’s “Stable Genius” Claim

The Washington Examiner reports: Former White House chief of staff John Kelly took a pass on Wednesday on the question of whether President Trump is a “stable genius.” The president has labeled himself as a “stable genius” on multiple occasions, and during an event in Las Vegas, former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci asked his former boss what his …

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Former Trump Chief Of Staff John Kelly Joins Board Of Company Operating Migrant Child Detention Centers

CBS News reports: In April, protesters outside the nation’s largest facility for unaccompanied migrant children noticed a familiar face enter the massive, fenced site in Homestead, Florida: former White House chief of staff John Kelly. Soon after, a local television station recorded footage of him riding on the back of a golf cart as he toured the grounds. It wasn’t …

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Former WH Chief Of Staff John Kelly Breaks With Trump On Border Wall, Clams Up About Security Clearances

The Duke University Chronicle reports: John Kelly, who just months ago was President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, came to campus Wednesday night to talk about steering the White House ship. When asked what advice Kelly gave to Mick Mulvaney, now Trump’s acting Chief of Staff, he had a quick response. “Run like hell,” he said, to roaring laughter. The …

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Former DHS Chiefs Issue Joint Call To End Shutdown

CNN reports: Former White House chief of staff John Kelly and the other four former secretaries of homeland security sent President Donald Trump and Congress a letter Wednesday calling for full department funding and an end to the monthlong partial government shutdown. “As former secretaries of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), we write to you today with a simple …

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Kelly: Judge My Tenure By What Trump Didn’t Do

The Guardian reports: Citing the thorny question of withdrawing troops from Afghanistan and Trump’s urge to pull out of NATO, Kelly “defended his rocky tenure, arguing that it is best measured by what the president did not do when Kelly was at his side”. Kelly was one of the so-called “adults in the room” – many of them generals, who …

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