John Kelly, a retired general and the former Chief of Staff for President Trump, stunned everyone with a couple of admissions this week.
Kelly admitted he wished he would have never left the administration, but he also stated that he issued a warning to Trump prior to leaving.
No ‘Yes’ Man
Kelly has maintained since he left that Trump lacked people in his administration that would provide resistance when needed.
When he left, Kelly said he warned the President not to hire a “yes” man that would not tell him the truth.
He stated, “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.
“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.”
Kelly made this statement in the aftermath of Mulvaney’s controversial press conference where he admitted there was a quid pro quo with Ukraine, then denied he made the statement.
President Trump has denied this conversation ever took place, stating, “John Kelly never said that, he never said anything like that. If he would have said that I would have thrown him out of the office.
“He just wants to come back into the action like everybody else does.”
Stephanie Grisham, the White House Press Secretary, poured a little more fuel on the fire, stating, “I worked with John Kelly, and he was totally unequipped to handle the genius of our great President.”
So, that is now two decorated generals that have been ripped by the White House this month… not exactly a good look and something the Democrats will surely latch onto.
Sorry He Left
Kelly also stated he truly wished he had never left, which is what makes Grisham’s comments so baffling.
Kelly stated, “I feel bad that I left.
“That was almost 11 months ago, and I have an awful lot of, to say the least, second thoughts about leaving.
“It pains me to see what’s going on because I believe if I was still there or someone like me was there, he would not be kind of, all over the place.”
Kelly was widely credited with keeping Trump on point and focused as well as getting the leaks within the White House controlled, at least somewhat.
Now that Trump and Grisham have openly criticized his former Chief of Staff and retired general, it will be very interesting to see how Trump’s military base reacts to this as well as the comments made about General Mattis.