Tag: Kelly, John F (1950- )

White House Memo: The Many Ways to Leave the White House

WASHINGTON — In an interview on Monday on “Good Morning America,” Cliff Sims, a former White House aide promoting a tell-all book about life inside the West Wing, wanted to make clear that he had left his job on his own terms. Anticipating pushback from the White House, he told George Stephanopoulos, the host, that […]

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In a West Wing in Transition, Trump Tries to Stand Firm on the Shutdown

WASHINGTON — President Trump has insisted that he is not going to compromise with Democrats to end the government shutdown, and that he is comfortable in his unbendable position. But privately, it’s sometimes a different story. “We are getting crushed!” Mr. Trump told his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, after watching some recent coverage […]

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Trump Thinks He’s His Own Best Messenger. Where Does That Leave Bill Shine?

WASHINGTON — At the beginning of the government shutdown, Bill Shine was about as far away from the capital as President Trump’s most senior communications official could get. While the president was complaining about sitting alone in the White House trying to force Democrats to accept a wall on the Mexican border, Mr. Shine was […]

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News Analysis: The Border Wall: How a Potent Symbol Is Now Boxing Trump In

WASHINGTON — Before it became the chief sticking point in a government shutdown drama that threatens to consume his presidency at a critical moment, President Trump’s promise to build a wall on the southwestern border was a memory trick for an undisciplined candidate. As Mr. Trump began exploring a presidential run in 2014, his political […]

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Kelly, on His Way Out, Says Administration Long Ago Abandoned Idea of Concrete Wall

The concrete border wall that President Trump has repeatedly called for as a signature campaign promise is not actually a wall and has not been since “early on in the administration,” the outgoing White House chief of staff, John F. Kelly, said in an interview published on Sunday. The comments further muddy the administration’s position […]

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside — A Trump Tune

I really can’t stay. No, John Kelly, don’t go just yet. I don’t mind if you called me an idiot. My next chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, was even more mean. He said I was a “terrible human being.” I’ve got to go away. Please, Kellyanne Conway, stick around one year more, even if your […]

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News Analysis: After Mattis’s Resignation, a President Unbound

WASHINGTON — For most of his tumultuous 23 months in office, President Trump has tried to shake off anyone who would restrain his insurgent style of leadership. With the resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Mr. Trump is at last a president unbound. Even for some Republicans, this was a deeply unsettling prospect, especially after […]

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A Top Aide’s Exit Plan Raises Eyebrows in the White House

WASHINGTON — After weeks of discussions about his future, Zachary D. Fuentes, the 36-year-old deputy White House chief of staff, had a plan. Mr. Fuentes told colleagues that after his mentor, John F. Kelly, left his job as chief of staff at the end of the year, he would “hide out” at the Eisenhower Executive […]

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Best of Late Night: Jimmy Fallon Makes Fun of Trump for Struggling to Replace John Kelly

Welcome to Best of Late Night, a rundown of the previous night’s highlights that lets you sleep — and lets us get paid to watch comedy. If you’re interested in hearing from The Times regularly about great TV, sign up for our Watching newsletter and get recommendations straight to your inbox. ‘Will You Be My […]

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After Ayers Turns Down Chief of Staff Job, Trump Is Left Without a Plan B

WASHINGTON — President Trump has often bragged about having his pick of only the best people to serve in his administration. Being publicly rejected by his first choice for chief of staff — and embarking on a very public search for someone else — has made Mr. Trump’s claim harder to back up. A shortlist […]

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The Surprisingly Normal Reason Trump Wants a New Chief of Staff

ImageJohn Kelly, the outgoing chief of staff, with President Trump and Melania Trump at an Independence Day picnic for military families outside the White House on July 4.CreditBrendan Smialowski/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images True or not, everything under President Trump feels like it has been more bumpy than for any of his predecessors in the […]

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Nick Ayers, Aide to Pence, Declines Offer to Be Trump’s Chief of Staff

Nick Ayers, President Trump’s top choice to replace John F. Kelly as chief of staff, has declined to take the job, according to three people familiar with the talks. Mr. Ayers, 36, the chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, is expected to leave the administration in the coming weeks as his family returns […]

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John Kelly, Trump’s Chief of Staff, to Leave White House

WASHINGTON — John F. Kelly, the retired Marine general tapped as chief of staff by President Trump last year to bring order to his chaotic White House, will leave the job by the end of the year, Mr. Trump said on Saturday, the latest departure from the president’s inner circle after a bruising midterm election […]

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Trump Will Nominate William Barr as Attorney General

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Friday that he would nominate William P. Barr, a skeptic of the Russia investigation who served as attorney general in the first Bush administration a quarter century ago, to return as head of the Justice Department. Mr. Barr, 68, would become the nation’s top law enforcement official as Mr. […]

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Trump Will Nominate William P. Barr as Attorney General

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Friday said he intended to nominate William P. Barr, who served as attorney general during the first Bush administration from 1991 to 1993, to return as head of the Justice Department. “He was my first choice since Day 1,” Mr. Trump told reporters as he walked from the White House […]

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John Kelly Expected to Leave White House Post in Next Few Days, Officials Say

John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, is likely to leave his post in the next few days, ending a tumultuous 16-month tenure still among the longest for a senior aide to President Trump, two people with direct knowledge of the developments said Friday. Mr. Kelly and Mr. Trump have grown weary with […]

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New Book Gives Voice to Trump’s Claims of a Vast Conspiracy Against Him

A new book by two informal advisers to President Trump aims to buttress his claim that he is the victim of a vast conspiracy inside the federal government, and it includes an interview with Mr. Trump in which he repeats his unfounded assertion that President Barack Obama was complicit in spying against him. The book, […]

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Nick Ayers Is Rising Fast in Trump’s Washington. How Far Will He Go?

WASHINGTON — To a president who likes his aides to have a certain kind of central-casting mien, Nick Ayers definitely looks the part. A floppy-haired, dimple-chinned political operative with a disarming Southern drawl, Mr. Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, resembles an ambitious “House of Cards” character who wandered onto the set of […]

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Is Mike Pence Loyal? Trump is Asking, Despite His Recent Endorsement

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s post-midterm election news conference at the White House last week took a surprising turn when a reporter asked about locking down his 2020 ticket. “Mike, will you be my running mate?” Mr. Trump asked Vice President Pence, who stood up, raised his hand, and nodded. “Will you? Thank you. O.K., good,” […]

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