White House press secretary: John Kelly has ‘full authority … all staff will report to him’

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff / Flickr john kelly...
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff / Flickr

Donald Trump’s new chief of staff John Kelly is clamping down on the White House with the full force of a former Marine general.

“General Kelly has the full authority to operate within the White House and all staff will report to him,” Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said from the White House podium late Monday afternoon.

Sanders reiterated several times that everyone—including Jared and Ivanka, supposedly—will be reporting to Kelly, who swiftly gave short-lived communications director Anthony Scaramucci the boot Monday.

So apparently, it’s the John Kelly show now. Good luck!

Perhaps, the only other notable news—or non-news—from the briefing was that we still don’t have a date certain for Trump’s big signing of the Russian sanctions bill sitting on his desk.

When asked about the West Wing’s striking silence on Vladimir Putin ordering some 750 U.S. diplomats expelled from Russia, Sanders again declined to take a stand.

“Right now, we’re reviewing our options,” she said.

Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department has said only that Putin’s actions are “regrettable and uncalled for.”

Regrettable—that’s the most the administration can muster in response to Putin. Sad.

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