‘If you hate Kelly, this is your moment’: White House insiders using chaos over Porter to oust Trump chief of staff
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly (Screen capture)

President Donald Trump's chaotic administration ended a "very turbulent" week in the White House, The Washington Post reported.


As Chief of Staff John Kelly has been "frantically trying to stop the bleeding" one West Wing staffer told The Post. “People are using it to their advantage,” an aide said. “If you hate Kelly, this is your moment."

The chaos comes after six top administration officials left Trump's executive branch last week.

White House communications director Hope Hicks is also the target of renewed rivalries.

"Hope’s enemies are using it to go after her," the West Wing aide continued.

There may be more vacancies to come as intra-staff fighting continues to rattle the administration.

MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace, who was White House communications director during the George W. Bush administration, wondered aloud on Friday why women in the administration don't walk out.

“Where are the women?” Wallace asked.

"Where are the women in the White House, why don’t they walk out en masse?” she continued.

“Why don’t you walk out?” Wallace wondered. “Why don’t they leave?”

Chief of Staff Kelly reportedly offered to resign in response to the Rob Porter fallout. Kelly has also been accused of peddling a bogus story about Kelly's role in overseeing Porter following long-standing domestic abuse allegations.

"Officials described Kelly as more endangered than Hicks, adding that the chief of staff had lost the trust and confidence of some on the senior staff," The Post explained. "But advisers said they saw no evidence that Trump was preparing to oust Kelly imminently; one of them suggested the president may try to publicly torment him for a while, which is the style of punishment he has given other aides when he is unsatisfied with their performances."

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn and businessman Thomas J. Barrack Jr. have all been mentioned as possible replacements for Kelly.

“The president has complete confidence in General Kelly and Hope Hicks,” the White House claimed in a statement.

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