Saturday, August 19, 2017
The departure of Steve Bannon, the strategist who helped transform President Trump’s campaign into a populist juggernaut, indicates the White House is evolving rapidly under its new chief of staff, John Kelly.
Trump’s decision to shift Kelly from secretary of Homeland Security to chief of staff was widely seen as a potential turning point for the White House. Allies praised him as a steady hand who could bring discipline to a team roiled by infighting, leaks and palace intrigue — contretemps that often involved Bannon.
Bannon was shown the door on Friday, providing perhaps the strongest signal yet of Kelly’s growing clout.
But even though Kelly has wide latitude to enforce discipline, it’s clear that the biggest management challenge for the retired four-star general is the president himself.
So there's Kelly, and Mattis at DOD and McMaster at NSC. Quite the military trio. I guess we know now who's in charge of foreign policy. And Grumpy McGrumpyface at State. I think he's a hoot and kind of like him.