John Kelly Reportedly Held Meeting Where Senior Staffers Joked About Firings

Rex Tillerson

Turnover among White House senior staff during Trump's first year was at least twice as high as that of any of the five past presidencies, according to Brookings Institute research.

Kelly also hinted that numerous rumors of cabinet members up on the chopping block, could have been spread by Trump himself, Axios reported.

A source close to Kelly said he will stay at the White House "as long as he is effective" - and Kelly believes he is still effective.

It's the very question that has the whole White House on edge.

Trump's reasons for considering replacing his chief of staff John Kelly and national security adviser H.R. McMaster have been pinned to his frustration at having his freewheeling style limited by process-minded functionaries. This was most recently evidenced by his recent selection of economist and television pundit Larry Kudlow to be his top economic adviser, replacing Gary Cohn, who recently stepped down over steel tariffs.

Kelly urged staffers that "we should do exactly that we do every day and that is come to work and do the very best job we can and that is exactly what we are focused on", Sanders said. Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service!




In private conversations in recent weeks with aides and friends, Trump has reflected on his desire to reshape the administration.

The president himself has said in recent days that there will always be change in his administration, and that he's still contemplating more moves. He is beginning to trust his gut more and he now feels less inclined to listen to input from his advisers and aides, who he feels are constantly trying to restrict him from doing what he wants.

With speculation about McMaster's future intense, Sanders on Friday gave a vote of confidence to the national security adviser, saying that she had spoken to the president the night before and that no changes were coming.

Trump chafes at McMaster's demeanor, complaining that his aide lectures him, according to three current and former administration officials. Trump is willing to take his time making the change to avoid humiliating McMaster and carefully choose a strong replacement, the Post said.

Kelly has been credited with imposing order on the chaotic West Wing, but his relationship with Trump has come under strain, as well. Multiple sources told CNN on Thursday that Trump is prepared to oust McMaster and find a new national security adviser before his planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. And Trump's allies on Capitol Hill have not been notified of any major changes and have been told not to expect anything immediately.

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