Uhh, I get things are going to be more orderly, but is this why the American people voted for Trump? To have more former establishment Republicans and Democrats installed in the White House?
From a report by Politico:
President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, John Kelly, is tightening his grip on the West Wing, thinning staff he considers extraneous while bringing in new blood to professionalize a White House that has suffered from internal turmoil.
For the new hires, the retired general is looking to seasoned political hands rather than the neophytes who made up the first wave of aides brought in by Trump, many of whom never had clear portfolios, according to eight current and former White House officials.
Mercedes Schlapp, wife of American Conservative Union chairman Matthew Schlapp, is expected to be Kelly’s first high-profile addition. She’s in talks to join the White House in a senior role in the communications department, according to three White House officials with knowledge of the situation.
Schlapp served as a George W. Bush spokeswoman to Spanish-language outlets. She’s an eloquent and principled conservative, though, and as far as I know has been a consistent and vocal Trump supporter, at least since the general election campaign. So it’s not clear to me if she adds to the establishment-resurrection problem or not. But others on their way in most likely will.
Politico, of course, approves of the new approach:
It’s the latest sign of Kelly’s transformation of the West Wing from a drama-filled social hub into a more buttoned-down workplace that resembles previous administrations, at least in structure and process.
Former Bannon aides and associates have headed through, or are headed to, the door.
Trump’s new chief of staff has also taken aim at aides close to Steve Bannon, who left in mid-August amid the furor that followed the president’s handling of a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left one woman dead. He’s returned to his old role running Breitbart News, which he left to join Trump’s campaign last year.
Kelly’s targets include Sebastian Gorka, a White House counterterrorism adviser who reported to Bannon and worked in his “war room” . . . Gorka resigned in late August, a week after Bannon left. Like Bannon, he has since returned to Breitbart News. Deputy political strategist Andrew Surabian, a senior member of the “war room,” also resigned last month after Bannon’s departure, and will become a senior adviser to pro-Trump super PAC Great America Alliance.