John Kelly remaining as White House Chief of Staff would be in the best interest of the United States, asserts former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson in an interview with CNN. Though holding on to White House staffer Rob Porter, all the while aware of his alleged domestic abuse, was a mistake, Kelly is still the best man for the job. Particularly so under the Trump administration. The chief of staff should keep his job and minimize his public profile from now on. While giving Porter access to sensitive information was wrong, this situation is more complicated than it appears to be. Kelly should stay on.
The grave mishandling of the Rob Porter situation was just another in the long list of John Kelly’s failures. He should resign, believes Indira A.R. Lakshmanan of The Boston Globe. From insulting and undermining Dreamers to spreading a populist narrative based on falsehoods, Kelly has truly failed in his role. Once seen as a ‘grown-up’ to manage the White House, he dug his own grave by ignoring the terrible allegations of domestic abuse against Porter. Not only that, Kelly allegedly encouraged him to “stay and fight.” He still promoted Porter, even though he lacked the necessary security clearance. Kelly must go.