The long list of blunders that John Kelly has made, none bigger than allowing Rob Porter, who has been accused of domestic abuse, to stay in the White House, means he has to go, argues Bill Press of The Hill. Defending Porter and telling him to “stay and fight,” knowing what Kelly knew about his misdeeds, was unjustifiable. Slip-ups include lying about Frederica Wilson, praising Robert E. Lee and making the questionable assertion that the civil war could have been avoided had there been a compromise on slavery. Kelly had enormously failed as Chief of Staff. His own mistakes led to small but serious issues needlessly becoming scandals.
Kelly’s influence on the White House has been positive in several ways that aren’t obvious at first. He should stay as Chief of Staff, holds Rich Lowry of Politico. Kelly has alienated the media simply because he shares Trump’s views on immigration and other major topics. Investigating and judging Porter wasn’t part of his job description. Kelly's defending of a colleague, while regrettable in hindsight, was entirely natural. The Chief of Staff aids the country with his clear-minded and strategic presence in the Trump administration. His values are solid, he’s no career politician. The country is best served with Kelly staying right where he is.