It’s not looking good for White House Chief Of Staff John Kelly…
Rumors are swirling that Kelly is about to be fired as he is in hot water over his handling of domestic abuse accusations against former senior aide Rob Porter. Fox News reported that a GOP source said that Trump called former chief of staff Reince Priebus about Kelly, amid the controversy. Though it was not known what was said on this call, another source said that it is “very likely” that Trump called to express his frustration with Kelly.
The New York Times reported that Kelly is “in trouble” and that Trump has asked advisers what they think about budget chief Mick Mulvaney as a replacement.
The White House descended into chaos this week as Porter resigned after his two ex-wives came forward to accuse him of domestic abuse. Kelly initially defended Porter, calling him “man of true integrity and honor.” However, he backtracked after one of Porter’s ex-wives released an image of herself with a black eye that she claimed he gave her.
White House spokesman Raj Shah defended Kelly, saying he only became “fully aware” on Wednesday of the allegations that Porter abused both of his ex-wives and suggested Kelly had not seen the now-public images of ex-wife Colbie Holderness with an apparent black eye until this week.
“I’m not going to get into specifics of who may have known pieces of information. … We all became aware of the news reports that emerged Wednesday morning and the graphic images,” Shah said.
Kelly said in an email to White House staffers that the White House has no tolerance for abuse of any sort.
“While we are all processing the shocking and troubling allegations made against a former White House staffer, I want you to know that we all take matters of domestic violence very seriously. Domestic violence is abhorrent and has no place in our society,” Kelly wrote in the letter.
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