Appointing John Kelly as chief of staff is a smart move, which will steer the White House in the right direction following the turbulence of Anthony Scaramucci, infers Ryan Lizza of the Washington Post. Kelly managing to edge Scaramucci out demonstrates significant influence on President Trump. This was also reflected during a private briefing in which Kelly told national security officials that he had convinced Trump to abandon the idea of a physical border wall. Instead, he proposed a technological barrier, enforced with fencing and air surveillance. Kelly is a strategist that can tame the U.S. president and improve his image.
John Kelly doesn’t have the political experience or skills necessary to persevere as White House chief of staff, holds Albert R. Hunt of Bloomberg. His military background leaves him ill-prepared, lacking the political gamesmanship needed to direct the theatrical Trump administration. Already his upright reputation has been damaged by being complicit in the president’s immigration and deportation policies. Trump has shown that he is willing to drop associates at will. Fluid cooperation between them is not a long-term guarantee. Kelly is not the ideal candidate to handle the fiery position he finds himself in.