This afternoon, President Trump tweeted:
I am pleased to inform you that I have just named General/Secretary John F Kelly as White House Chief of Staff. He is a Great American and a Great Leader. John has also done a spectacular job at Homeland Security. He has been a true star of my Administration.
Whether, and for how long, Trump will continue to view Kelly as a “star” after he enters the chaos of Trump World is anyone’s guess.
I don’t doubt that Kelly is a great American and a great leader. But as events play out, will Trump really want a great leader in the chief of staff position? My sense is that he wants great followers.
I wonder whether Gen. Kelly knows what he’s in for.
As for Priebus, whom Anthony Scaramucci called a f—ing paranoid schizophrenic,” I’m reminded of the cliche “just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean that everyone isn’t out to get you.” It may not be long before everyone is out to get Gen. Kelly, Great American though he is.
UPDATE: I should add that if Kelly stops, or even substantially reduce, the leaking coming out of the White House, he will perform a huge service that more than justifies his selection.
If he can persuade President Trump to stop, or even substantially reduce, his inflammatory tweeting, Kelly should be elected to the chief-of-staff hall of fame.