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‘He doesn’t have the balls to fire him’: White House insiders claim Trump fears blowback if he dumps Kelly

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According to friends of Donald Trump, the president is afraid to dismiss Chief of Staff John Kelly out of fears that the White House will descend in to even more chaos — even though he wants him gone.

Speaking with Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman, five Republicans close to the White House claimed that the president has admitted that he won’t fire Kelly despite intense pressure by son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka.

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According to the report, those sources say Trump’s reluctance to fire Kelly comes down to a belief that the White House can’t handle another staffing blow-up at a time when it is still reeling from the dismissal of White House adviser Rob Porter over domestic abuse charges.

As one Trump friend noted, “The president doesn’t have the balls to fire Kelly.”

With no logical successor waiting in the wings to replace Kelly, Trump reportedly sees limited options for a replacement and has indicated that he would like to see either fired White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci in the role or son-in-law Kushner who is already a major target of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the administration.

Dogging the president is his regret at picking Kelly to replace former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, with Trump admitting, “he was too impulsive to get Kelly. He bought into Kelly’s resume, and not his personality,” said one friend.

Adding to his woes is the daily pressure from Kushner and his daughter, with Trump’s son-in-law feeling he is “being slow-rolled by Kelly’s cronies,” over his full security clearance that he feels should have been granted already — paving the way for taking Kelly’s job.

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Earlier on Tuesday, Scaramucci also tried to undercut Kelly, telling a forum in San Francisco that Kelly has crushed morale in the White House “through fear and intimidation.”

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Florida seniors are ‘highly susceptible’ to coronavirus — which could hurt Trump’s reelection chances

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On Monday, The Washington Post examined the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on older voters' politics, and in particular how it is hurting President Donald Trump with the critical demographic in Florida — a state that is almost mandatory for the president to win for a second term.

"While Democrats have worried about Biden’s struggles to excite younger voters, older voters who are upset with the president are poised to be potentially more influential in November, especially in swing states whose populations skew their way, like Florida, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin," reported Jenna Johnson and Lori Rozsa. "In Florida, more than 20 percent of those who voted in the 2016 election were over age 65, according to exit polls. In 2016, Trump won the Florida senior vote by a 17-point margin over Clinton, according to exit polls. The state ranks as one Trump must almost certainly win to insure his victory, while Biden has other paths to the White House."

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Trump adviser’s ‘repugnant’ lack of concern for human life slammed by ethics expert

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On Monday, President Donald Trump's economic adviser Kevin Hassett appeared on CNN to urge the economy to reopen, saying, "Our human capital stock is ready to go back to work."

White House adviser Kevin Hassett: "Our human capital stock is ready to go back to work." #HumanCapitalStock pic.twitter.com/Yl9KwJf6KP

— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 25, 2020

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Trump scorned for claiming he has ‘great reviews’ on COVID-19: ‘This is not a game show’

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On Monday, President Donald Trump complained on Twitter that he wasn't getting enough credit for his COVID-19 response, but that he was still getting "great reviews" on it all the same.

Commenters on social media were not pleased with the president's remarks.

Great reviews? Like on Rotten Tomatoes?

— Lira (@LoudmouthLira) May 25, 2020

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