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John Kelly Denies Calling Trump an 'Idiot'

Report is 'total BS,' chief of staff says

(Newser) - White House chief of staff John Kelly is pushing back against a report that he referred to his boss as an "idiot" during an immigration-related meeting. "I spend more time with the president than anyone else and we have an incredibly candid and strong relationship. He always knows... More »

Man Under Fire: John Kelly Takes Heat in Porter Scandal

Chief of staff is reportedly pushing a narrative that contradicts other accounts

(Newser) - John Kelly finds himself squarely in the spotlight again after his defense of White House staff secretary Rob Porter as "a man of true integrity and honor" in the wake of domestic abuse allegations . President Trump's chief of staff has since pronounced himself appalled at the allegations and... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Trump Called Priebus to Oval Office Just to Kill a Fly

Anecdote highlights Priebus' 'humiliating' tenure as chief of staff

(Newser) - President Trump once called Reince Priebus into the Oval Office solely to kill a fly that's buzzing was distracting him during a meeting, the Washington Post reports. The anecdote is representative of Priebus' "humiliating"—and now ended—time as Trump's chief of staff. “He doesn’... 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 »

Trump Tweets That He Has a New Chief of Staff

Reince Priebus reportedly resigned

(Newser) - Reince Priebus is out as White House chief of staff, the AP reports, as President Trump announced in a tweet Friday: "I am pleased to inform you that I have just named General/Secretary John F Kelly as White House Chief of Staff. He is a Great American...." Trump... More »

White House Asked FBI to Dispute Russia Reports

Democrats say this is a clear violation of policy

(Newser) - White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus asked a top FBI official to dispute media reports that President Trump's campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election, a White House official told the AP late Thursday. The official said Priebus' request came after the... More »

Reports: Obama Settles on His New Chief of Staff

Denis McDonough expected to be named within days

(Newser) - President Obama's next chief of staff isn't exactly a household name, but he's long been a trusted adviser to the president: Politico and the New York Times say Obama will name Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough to replace Jack Lew.
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Obama's Chief of Staff Bill Daley Resigns

Jack Lew will replace him

(Newser) - William Daley is ending his tumultuous tenure with the Obama administration, stepping down as chief of staff to make way for current budget director Jack Lew, White House sources tell the LA Times . Daley handed in his letter of resignation last week, and President Obama will announce the move this... More »

Obama's Chief of Staff Half-Resigns

William Daley will now only handle external relations

(Newser) - William Daley has only been President Obama’s chief of staff for 10 months, but he's seemingly ready to be co-chief: Daley is stepping sideways, the Wall Street Journal reports, handing over the day-to-day running of the White House and its dealings with Congress to longtime Obama aide Pete... More »

White House Chief of Staff: 'It's Been a Brutal 3 Years'

Bill Daley says Congress won't let Obama be a chief executive

(Newser) - Roger Simon of Politico has an entertaining interview with White House chief of staff Bill Daley. Some highlights:
  • How it's going: “It’s been a brutal three years. It’s been a very, very difficult three years, an incredible three years. And we are doing all this under
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So Just Who Is This Bill Daley?

Profiles: He's a 'bare-knuckles' whip-cracker—and a disappointment to liberals

(Newser) - William Daley has terms like "longtime Democratic operative," "former Clinton secretary of commerce" and "Chicago political scion" thrown about him, but the New York Times takes a closer look at President Obama's new right-hand guy. He's “a bare-knuckles administrator ... someone who not only makes the... More »

Obama Names William Daley Chief of Staff

President makes it official

(Newser) - President Obama named veteran political manager William Daley to be his new chief of staff today, selecting a centrist with Wall Street ties to help navigate a newly divided Congress and a looming re-election. "Few Americans can boast the breadth of experience that Bill brings to this job,"... More »

Obama Eyes William Daley as Rahm Replacement

The JPMorgan Chase exec has pro-business reputation

(Newser) - President Obama is considering bringing on Clinton-era Commerce Secretary William Daley as his new chief of staff, or slotting him into some other high-level White House job, sources tell the Wall Street Journal . The appointment would send a powerful message to the business world, where Daley, a champion of free... More »

Why I Loved Dealing With Rahm Emanuel

David Brooks: His reputation as a hothead is 'vastly overstated'

(Newser) - Rahm Emanuel's larger-than-life caricature as a hot-headed politician prone to throwing temper tantrums and lobbing F-bombs is "vastly overstated," writes David Brooks. Emanuel is actually quite thick-skinned, and while he is a "professional strategist" for sure, "he is not one of these cold-eyed tacticians who is... More »

Rahm Emanuel Announces Exit

Obama makes his chief of staff's exit official

(Newser) - President Barack Obama said a bittersweet goodbye today to the energetic and fierce manager of his White House, chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, and elevated a quiet and seasoned adviser, Pete Rouse, to the most important gate-keeping job in American politics. "We could not have accomplished what we've accomplished... More »

Meet Pete Rouse, Obama's New Chief of Staff

He's a longtime aide and much more low-key than Rahm Emanuel

(Newser) - So who is this Pete Rouse, the man expected to step into Rahm Emanuel's shoes tomorrow? The president's senior aide is a longtime one and not unfamiliar with serving as his chief of staff—Rouse was hired in that job when then-Sen. Obama first arrived in Washington, reports the New ... More »

Rahm Emanuel to Quit Tomorrow; Pete Rouse In

Obama to announce chief of staff shuffle tomorrow

(Newser) - Washington's worst-kept secret is that much closer to being official: The AP quotes two anonymous sources saying that Rahm Emanuel will resign tomorrow to run for mayor of Chicago. President Obama will give him a White House sendoff and announce that senior adviser Pete Rouse will permanently replace him as... More »

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