The Trump administration’s new Chief Of Staff, retired Marine Corps General John F. Kelly, has been credited with bringing some much-needed order into the chaos at The White House since he took over from Reince Priebus a few weeks ago. He’s reportedly narrowed the access to the president and cut down on the info he receives from dubious right-wing nut job sources (even if he can’t stop Trump from watching Fox News incessantly.)
Despite the seeming improvements he’s made in the disastrous administration, however, apparently even Kelly is not immune to the wrath of our Toddler-In-Chief. According to an article in The New York Times, Trump lashed out viciously at Kelly after he was present during a discussion by a group of staff members who were gingerly advising the president to perhaps tone down the political rhetoric in favor of the day-to-day details of running the government after his latest clown-fest rally in Phoenix.
According to White House insiders who witnessed the dressing down, General Kelly reacted calmly to the president’s fury at the time, but later told associates that “he had never been spoken to like that during 35 years of serving his country.” More ominously, he also said that he “he would not abide such treatment” in the future.
Like a recalcitrant dog or a pouting child, Trump bridles at being told what to do. The staff turnover at the White House has been unprecedented for an administration so early in its term, and the administration is having trouble finding qualified people who want to work with them if the long list of unfilled executive branch appointees is any gauge.
If Trump continues to alienate the more competent people around him, then the quality of people who join the administration will sink even lower than it already is. The only bright note here is the fact that the more chaos, disorganization, and incompetence that there is in the administration, the less likely that they will be able to enact their reprehensible agenda.
Vinnie Longobardo is a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music and art.