President Trump assigned John Kelly as his new chief of staff on Friday, July 28. After being in the White House for only one week, the former general has already been implementing many needed changes.
Kelly entered the White House at a chaotic time. The hiring of Anthony Scaramucci as communications director had just led to the resignation of former Press Secretary Sean Spicer and former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. After Kelly got hired, he immediately asked for the resignation of Scaramucci.
Now, with an entirely fresh team, Kelly is attempting to bring order to the chaos. After implementing new rules, it seems that the former general is the perfect person for the task.
The Washington Times interviewed over two dozen White House officials, informal advisers, associates of Mr. Kelly, and members of Congress. They all commented about the stricter rules that are being implemented, especially regarding meeting procedures.
One significant change that Kelly made was to take away an open door policy to the Oval Office. No one is allowed to linger outside of the president’s office anymore. Additionally, all matters are supposed to be taken to the chief of staff before they get to President Trump.
Another change is that all White House aides are now expected to wait in the lobby, where any visitor can sit on couches and read the newspaper. No one is allowed to wait outside of a senior adviser's office anymore.
Reportedly, Kelly has also been cleaning up some messes by controlling the president’s Twitter use, assuring Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he wouldn’t be fired, and by encouraging people to “get their act together” before bringing any issue to the president.
Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich said, “Everyone in the White House likes referring to [Kelly] as ‘General.’” He said that there was a “sense of relief” in the West Wing during Kelly’s first week there.
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “General Kelly has the full authority to carry out business. It’s been a great first week and there is a sense of cohesion within the staff.”
The rules that Kelly has been implementing applies to all White House staff, including President Trump’s own family. Both Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, official advisers in the White House, are now expected to report to Kelly before bringing matters to the president, their father.
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