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Omarosa Leaving White House

Reports differ on whether she quit or was fired

(Newser) - Omarosa is out at the White House. The one-time Apprentice star, full name Omarosa Manigault Newman, is once again parting ways with President Trump. The reasons aren't clear, but the AP notes that it means Trump is losing one of his most high-profile supporters in the African-American community. Omarosa... More »

Tillerson Unexpectedly at White House After News of Plan

The 'New York Times' says a plan for his ouster is in place

(Newser) - Rumors of a planned ouster of Rex Tillerson are nothing new, but the New York Times reports it's learned of an actual plan to do so. Unnamed senior White House officials tell the paper that chief of staff John Kelly has created a transition plan, to be put... More »

With 15 Days to Go, Retired Marine Joins Ala. Senate Race

Lee Busby used to work for WH Chief of Staff John Kelly

(Newser) - He didn't have a functioning website as of Monday morning, but a retired Marine colonel thinks things are such a mess in the Alabama Senate race he has a shot. With just 15 days before voters go to the polls (his now-working website has a giant countdown), Lee Busby... More »

Rumors Fly About Kushner's White House Role

Front page stories report presidential son-in-law's influence may be waning

(Newser) - Jared Kushner's influence in his father-in-law's White House comes under the microscope on the Sunday front pages of the New York Times and Washington Post in separate articles speculating that his role is waning. Both offer up a bevy of reasons Kushner is no longer front-and-center in both... More »

Coates: It's 'Shocking' Kelly Is So Ignorant on Civil War

Writer rebuts White House chief of staff's assertion that inability to compromise caused it

(Newser) - White House chief of staff John Kelly has been taking criticism over comments he made about the Civil War, mainly because he said the war was caused by "the lack of an ability to compromise" and made no mention of slavery. Now, Ta-Nehisi Coates has issued a rebuttal in... More »

John Kelly Taking Flak Over Civil War Comments

'The lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War'

(Newser) - White House chief of staff John Kelly, generally viewed as the man whose mission is to keep controversy at bay, finds himself caught up in another one . Kelly is taking flak for his comments about the Civil War, made Monday night on the debut of Laura Ingraham's show on... More »

17 Black Female Lawmakers Call on Kelly to Apologize

They accuse him of telling 'blatant lies' about Frederica Wilson

(Newser) - The John Kelly-Frederica Wilson controversy moved up a level Sunday when most of the black women in Congress called for Trump's chief of staff to apologize to the Florida lawmaker. Some 17 female members of the Congressional Black Caucus issued a statement calling for Kelly to "take responsibility"... More »

It's Time for John Kelly to Apologize

After video shows he was wrong about lawmaker's behavior

(Newser) - With video evidence on her side, the Washington Post editorial board argues it's time for John Kelly to apologize to Rep. Frederica Wilson after characterizing her as "selfish and politically motivated" during a press briefing Thursday at the White House. The chief of staff took issue with Wilson'... More »

How John Kelly's Trump Defense Is Being Received

Congresswoman he criticized accuses him of using 'racist term'

(Newser) - White House chief of staff John Kelly made a rare foray into the national spotlight on Thursday with his emotional defense of President Trump's call to a fallen soldier's family. Kelly's own son was killed serving in Afghanistan, lending his words a powerful impact, and the four-star... More »

'Heartbroken' Kelly Defends Trump's Call to Soldier's Widow

And accuses congresswoman of 'politicizing' it

(Newser) - White House chief of staff John Kelly delivered an extraordinary denunciation of a Democratic congresswoman Thursday, accusing her of politicizing what he called a "sacred" presidential effort to console the grieving loved ones of a slain soldier, the AP reports. Kelly, in an unexpected and emotional appearance in the... More »

White House: Obama Didn't Call John Kelly When Son Died

Trump had earlier Tuesday suggested Kelly be asked if he got a call

(Newser) - President Trump addressed his Monday comments regarding how his predecessors communicated with the families of fallen soldiers without budging, and this time he brought chief of staff John Kelly into it. He originally claimed that "most of" his predecessors didn't make such calls, including President Obama, a stance... More »

Trump Chief of Staff's Phone Compromised for Months: Report

Hackers may have had access to John Kelly's personal phone since December

(Newser) - The White House is concerned John Kelly's personal cellphone has been compromised—perhaps for the entirety of his tenure with the Trump administration, Politico reports, citing three government officials. Kelly, currently President Trump's chief of staff, turned his phone over to White House tech support staff during the... More »

White House to Cabinet: Kelly Must Approve Flights

'Just because something is legal doesn't make it right'

(Newser) - Trump administration officials who want to travel on government owned or chartered aircraft are going to have to run their travel requests past White House chief of staff John Kelly first, the White House said after Tom Price's resignation as health secretary Friday. In a memo to Cabinet members,... More »

Far-Right Media Not Happy About New WH Info Protocol

John Kelly, aide will vet info coming to President Trump's desk

(Newser) - John Kelly is attempting to make order out of reported chaos in the White House, and it appears part of his strategy is diminishing the information pipeline to President Trump down to the size of a straw. The chief of staff's plan was laid out in two White House... More »

Breitbart Slams Trump 'Flip-Flop' on Afghanistan

Generals talked Trump into changing mind

(Newser) - In what some of his critics on the right saw as a decision as bad as looking at the eclipse without glasses , President Trump announced Monday night that he is going against his "original instinct" and reaffirming the US commitment in Afghanistan instead of pulling troops out. Trump had... More »

How Charlottesville Shook Up Plans for Bannon's Exit

He says it's the most divided administration in history

(Newser) - Steve Bannon had planned an orderly departure from the White House, but it was scuppered by the violence in Charlottesville, insiders say. Sources tell the New York Times that new White House chief of staff John Kelly told the White House strategist in July that he would have to leave... More »

Chief of Staff's Next Task: Repairing Ties With Democrats

John Kelly already has reached out to Pelosi and Schumer

(Newser) - New Trump chief of staff John Kelly has won generally rave reviews for setting a more disciplined tone within the White House, a shift that includes the ouster of the volatile Anthony Scaramucci. Now, the Daily Beast reports that he's already begun work on what might be a trickier... More »

Mooch's Tenure: 'Minus 16 Days'

'Scaramouche, we hardly knew ye'

(Newser) - The Mooch is out after a tenure as White House communications director that only lasted around 250 hours. Anthony Scaramucci was fired and reportedly escorted off the White House premises Monday, swept away by new broom John Kelly, the retired Marine Corps general expected to bring some military discipline... More »

Trump Denies Any White House 'Chaos'

He installs new chief of staff John Kelly

(Newser) - President Trump may have shaken up his team last week, but he denies reports of "chaos" as his new chief of staff takes over. "Highest Stock Market EVER, best economic numbers in years, unemployment lowest in 17 years, wages raising, border secure, S.C. : No WH chaos!"... More »

John Kelly Gives Trump Chance to Turn Things Around

If the president is 'wise enough to use' him

(Newser) - A friend of John Kelly, President Trump's new chief of staff, says the retired general will bring order and stability to the White House. “He knows how to do this: with common sense and good leadership,” the unnamed friend tells the Washington Post . “He won’t... More »

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