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Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=49820"><span class="small">Peter Wade, Rolling Stone</span></a>   
Monday, 31 December 2018 13:20

Wade writes: "It will come as no surprise that the White House is in chaos, but what is shocking is that this fact is being confirmed by President Donald Trump's outgoing Chief of Staff John Kelly."

John Kelly. (photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
John Kelly. (photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)


John Kelly Confirms He Was Lying All Along: The White House Is in Chaos

By Peter Wade, Rolling Stone

31 December 18


In an exit interview, the outgoing chief of staff tries to protect his legacy

t will come as no surprise that the White House is in chaos, but what is shocking is that this fact is being confirmed by President Donald Trump’s outgoing Chief of Staff John Kelly.

In an exit interview with the Los Angeles TimesKelly admits that the White House is not quite the “well-oiled machine” that Trump loves to brag about. Two specific instances he cited as chaotic were the implementation of the travel ban and the “zero-tolerance” family separation policy at the Mexican border.

When the travel ban blocking many people from majority Muslim nations from entering the U.S. was first announced, Kelly told Congress, “The thinking was to get it out quick so that potentially people that might be coming here to harm us would not take advantage of some period of time that they could jump on an airplane and get here.”

But now, he told the Times, he was caught off-guard by the announcement. “I had very little opportunity to look at them,” Kelly said. “Obviously, it brought down a greater deal of thunder on the president.”

Kelly also rewrote history regarding the administration’s immigration policies, in particular the decision to separate families.

“What happened was Jeff Sessions, he was the one that instituted the zero-tolerance process on the border that resulted in both people being detained and the family separation,” Kelly said to LA Times reporter Molly O’Toole. “He surprised us.”

This revelation is more than a little strange, considering Kelly told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that the Department of Homeland Security was contemplating separating children from their parents in March 2017, less than two months after Trump was inaugurated. And Sessions announced the beginning of “zero-tolerance” more than a year later, in April 2018. Could it really have been such a surprise?

It’s not the first time Kelly has been caught in a lie. When White House staffer Rob Porter was accused of domestic abuse, Kelly defended him and denied knowing about Porter’s wife’s allegations, a fact that has been disputed by FBI Director Christopher Wray.

In the interview, Kelly said he hopes his tenure will be judged not by what Trump did but by what Kelly prevented him from doing — not exactly a ringing endorsement of his former boss. It’s clear that by blaming others for the administration’s blunders, Kelly is trying to protect his legacy and reputation. But after serving and defending Trump, it’s probably too late for that.

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+64 # DongiC 2018-12-31 14:24
Like his former boss, Kelly too takes liberty with the truth. Can't any of Trump's troopers differentiate between
 
 
+99 # DongiC 2018-12-31 14:29
Like his former boss, Kelly too takes liberty with the truth. Can't any of Trump's troopers differentiate between what is real and what is fake,
what is true and what is false, what is honorable and what is meritricious? Everything seems to be one big con with these sorry individuals.
 
 
+40 # economagic 2018-12-31 20:03
"Can't any of Trump's troopers differentiate between what is real and what is fake,what is true and what is false, what is honorable and what is meretricious?"

Presumably that is intended as a rhetorical question! But what I find even more disturbing is that so many Americans can do no better.
 
 
+38 # barryg 2018-12-31 20:51
Trump supporters would not know the meaning of meretricious.
 
 
+125 # indian weaving 2018-12-31 14:38
No good human would ever work for Trump. Simple as that.
 
 
+30 # Farafalla 2018-12-31 19:10
Kelly is/was one of the most virulently racist of the Trump circle. He all but appointed Nielsen to the HS post she now occupies doing his work. He was all for child separation.
 
 
+14 # palaherb@gmail.com 2019-01-01 13:53
Agreed! To my knowledge no journalist has asked Kelly about the egregious slandering of a Democratic Representative over a year ago, a slander which was a total fabrication. to which he never further acknowledged The representative is Black and was traveling with a Black family .
 
 
-35 # HenryS1 2018-12-31 19:25
I think good human beings did and do work for Trump. I have no reason to take Mattis off that list, for one example.

Trying to limit the damage is a perfectly noble ambition in an imperfect world. I don't know enough to judge Kelly either way except I think he is probably a more admirable human being then his former boss.

Nikki Haley got out in a dignified way, I think she may deserve some credit for reconciling patriotism, party loyalty, and serving/defendi ng Trump as best she could until.....it was too much.

I even have sympathy for Sessions, despite total disagreement for his positions and many of his actions.
 
 
-12 # 1dfnslblty 2018-12-31 19:48
This essay is one big fabrication to keep potus afloat; Be Alert in all of you reading.
 
 
+16 # Adoregon 2018-12-31 20:51
No good human would ever associate with Trump.
Pimple ass fat.
 
 
+4 # margpark 2018-12-31 20:52
Yes, John Kelly -- it is impossible to serve with Trump without lying your head off. If you do not lie, you are gone the next day. But thanks for doing what you could while you could.
 
 
+21 # carp 2018-12-31 22:16
dotards both
of em can't get out of the way of their pride and ego.
 
 
+6 # futhark 2019-01-01 20:31
I like Mr. Trump's analogy for his office operations as a "well-oiled machine". This is likely true, but not for the reason he thinks. Given his subservience to the fossil fuel industries, there seems to be little question that money and influence flowing from petroleum interests are motivating forces in formation of policy.

As an outsider trying to make some sense of the apparent chaos as reported in reliable news outlets, it seems that a more apt analogy would be to a computer suffering from multiple program incompatibiliti es and not a few old-fashioned shorting of current flow in circuits. Most of us can detect the odor of electrical fires from well beyond the walls of the Oval Office.
 
 
0 # chapdrum 2019-01-02 14:50
We are now entering our third year of chaos; just two li'l more years to go and then everything will be super.
Congress and the Courts simply watch in complicity.