John Kelly did not last very long in Donald Trump’s White House. The former General took over for Reince Priebus in July of 2017. Kelly often sparred with the president and resigned from his position in January of 2019.
At a recent speaking engagement in Georgia, Kelly slammed his successor, Mick Mulvaney as a yes-man. He was also critical of the way the White House administration enables Trump. White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham responded by saying the former Chief of Staff couldn’t handle Trump’s genius.
Kelly was a guest at the Sea Isle Summit, hosted by the Washington Examiner. He told attendees, “Someone has got to be a guide that tells [the president] that you either have the authority or you don’t, or Mr. President, don’t do it. Don’t hire someone that will just nod and say, ‘That’s a great idea Mr. President.’ Because you will be impeached.”
The former General claimed he advised the president against hiring someone who will always agree with him. “I said, whatever you do — and we were still in the process of trying to find someone to take my place — I said whatever you do, don’t hire a ‘yes man,’ someone who won’t tell you the truth — don’t do that,” he said.
Kelly also showed some remorse for the Trump’s current situation. He continued, “The system that should be in place, clearly — the system of advising, bringing in experts in, having these discussions with the president so he can make an informed decision — that clearly is not in place. And I feel bad that I left.”
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham responded to the critique, “I worked with John Kelly. And he was totally unequipped to handle the genius of our great President.”