Tag: John Kelly

Paul: “Deep State” Defied Trump’s Order to Revoke Brennan Security Clearance

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said he believes the “deep state” defied President Trump’s order to revoke former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance.

Paul was asked by CNN why–according to a New York Times report–the White House never followed through with the president’s August 2018 request to revoke the former CIA Director’s security clearance.

“People talk about the deep state, now the deep state’s actually protecting their own and not listening to the President’s orders. I was sitting in the White House when President Trump said I want his security clearance taken and I saw the order given. I saw the chief of staff was there, not the current chief of staff, the previous chief of staff [John Kelly],” said Paul.

“If they are working against … the president that really does disrupt our country, does disrupt a representative democracy where the president makes a decision,” he continued.

“If someone is countermanding that, I think we need to get to the bottom of that and I hope President Trump will say ‘who is countermanding my orders? I said get rid of his clearance.”

Paul went on to slam the former CIA Director as a “partisan” who abused his power.

“I do think Brennan has been a partisan and I think Brennan also abused his office in developing the investigation. I think it was done under false pretenses and done for political reasons,” he said.

Hat tip: Washington Examiner

WH: Meadows Needed in Congress, No Longer Considered for Chief of Staff

President Trump has told Congressman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) that he is needed in Congress to “continue the great work” he is doing and is no longer being considered for White House Chief of Staff, Fox News reports.

In a statement, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said, “Congressman Mark Meadows is a great friend to President Trump and is doing an incredible job in Congress. The President told him we need him in Congress so he can continue the great work he is doing there.”

Meadows responded with his own statement:

“I’ve had the best job in the world, representing my constituents of western North Carolina and working alongside President Trump these last two years to give the forgotten men and women of America a voice in their government. I’m fully committed to continuing to both of those roles. I know the President has a long list of tremendous candidates for his next Chief of Staff, and whomever it is will have my total support moving forward.”

Current White House Chief of Staff John Kelly will be leaving the White House at the end of the year and those tapped to possibly replace him include former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, and budget director Mick Mulvaney.

It was originally reported that Trump was considering Vice President Pence’s chief of staff, Nick Ayers for the job, however, Ayers announced over the weekend that he was leaving the White House.

Will Mark Meadows be the Next White House Chief of Staff?

President Trump is considering Freedom Caucus chairman Rep. Mark Meadows (R-S.C.) as his next chief of staff, according to Axios.

Three sources have told the news outlet that the president has asked his confidants what they think of Meadows to replace outgoing Chief of Staff John Kelly, who will be leaving his position at the end of the year.

It was originally reported that Trump was considering Vice President Pence’s chief of staff, Nick Ayers for the job however, Ayers announced yesterday that he was leaving the White House.

A source told Axios that Ayers couldn’t commit to the job, saying “Nick couldn’t give POTUS a two-year commitment, so he’s going to help him on the outside instead.”

According to Bloomberg, the president is considering three others for the job: Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and budget director Mick Mulvaney.

On Saturday, Trump told reporters “John Kelly will be leaving, I don’t know if I can say retiring. But he’s a great guy,” and added that he would choose a replacement “over the next day or two.”

 

Trump Set to Fire More Key Administration Members

Multiple news outlets are reporting that Chief of Staff John Kelly and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will be fired in next few weeks.

NBC News is reporting that Kelly will be pushed out of the White House because of his clashes with First Lady Melania’s office and National Security Adviser John Bolton.

“There have been instances where the East Wing staff were not treated as equals to the male-dominated decision makers in Chief Kelly’s office,” one White House official told NBC. “Promotions were denied then finally granted after months of requests.”

Kelly also has also caused trouble for the first lady’s office over travel arrangements, allegedly not reserving space for Mrs. Trump’s two aides on Air Force One or on helicopters. Her aides would also be left without hotel rooms while traveling and these omissions have “caused last-minute logistical issues that the first lady viewed as a slight,” sources tell NBC.

Last month, Kelly got into a “shouting match” with Bolton over immigration, “startling” White House staff. CNN reported that Trump allegedly took Bolton’s side during the argument. Bolton (who favors a tougher approach to immigration) criticized Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen for her handling of border security. Neilsen formerly served as Kelly’s deputy when he was in charge of Homeland Security.

The Washington Post reported that President Trump wants Nielsen “out as soon as possible,” deeming her performance on immigration enforcement as “lackluster.” According to the report, Trump has not been pleased with Nielsen for months.

President Trump acknowledged that his administration would likely encounter a shake-up, telling reporters last week, “As we make changes, we’ll sit down and talk to you about it. I mean, there’s no great secret,” he said. “A lot of administrations make changes after midterms. I will say that, for the most part, I’m very, very happy with this Cabinet. We’re doing a great job.”

When asked about John Kelly’s possible departure, Trump said he hadn’t “heard about John Kelly” departing, but said working at the White House is tiring.

“People leave. They come in, they’re here. It’s a very exhausting job,” he said. “I love doing it, I must tell you. But it’s exhausting for a lot of people.”

October 20, 2017: Ep. 573 The Complete Collapse of Liberal Hollywood and the Liberal Media

In this episode –
The media and a democrat congresswoman were eviscerated at the White House press briefing yesterday.

Devastating new reports showing that low tax states beat high tax states.

The Obama-Clinton-Russian collusion scandal is getting uglier.

Are the Democrats hiding an enormous political scandal?

Liberals are concerned about Disney princess costumes? When does the insanity stop?

Hollywood is falling apart.