Ivanka Trump Is Reportedly Searching For A Chief Of Staff Replacement—And Here We Go Again

Ivanka Trump Is Reportedly Searching For A Chief Of Staff Replacement—And Here We Go Again
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When President Trump first took office, Reince Priebus, the former head of the Republican National Committee, was his chief of staff. General John Kelly was one of the first cabinet officials confirmed by congress to lead the Department of Homeland Security. Many people don't realize that for most administrations, the chief of staff is the organizational mind behind the White House. But in one of many staff shake-ups, Reince Priebus announced his resignation on July 27.

The next day, President Trump announced he was nominating DHS head General John Kelly to be his new chief of staff:

The President now seems to be on the outs with General Kelly. Last Thursday, the Washington Post reported:

White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly told Democratic lawmakers Wednesday that some of the hard-line immigration policies President Trump advocated during the campaign were 'uninformed,' that the United States will never construct a wall along its entire southern border and that Mexico will never pay for it, according to people familiar with the meeting. ... The comments were out of sync with remarks by Trump, who in recent days has reiterated his desire to build a border wall that would be funded by Mexico 'indirectly through NAFTA.'

Once the Kelly's comments became public, rumors began circulating that the feud between the two men was brewing and that Kelly may be following in Priebus' footsteps and resigning soon.

And a Vanity Fair article by Gabriel Sherman published on Sunday reported:

Donald Trump’s relationship with John Kelly, his chief of staff, fraught from the beginning, may finally have gone past the point of no return. Two prominent Republicans in frequent contact with the White House told me that Trump has discussed choosing Kelly’s successor in recent days, asking a close friend what he thought about David Urban, a veteran Washington lobbyist and political operative who helped engineer Trump’s victory in Pennsylvania. Ivanka is also playing a central role in the search, quietly field-testing ideas with people. 'Ivanka is the most worried about it. She’s trying to figure who replaces Kelly,' a person who’s spoken with her said.

They went on...

Trump has increasingly been chafing at the media narrative that he needs Kelly to instill discipline on his freewheeling management style. 'The more Kelly plays up that he’s being the adult in the room—that it’s basically combat duty and he’s serving the country—that kind of thing drives Trump nuts,' a Republican close to the White House said. In recent days, Trump has fumed to friends that Kelly acts like he’s running the government while Trump tweets and watches television. 'I’ve got another nut job here who thinks he’s running things,' Trump told one friend, according to a Republican briefed on the call.

Many didn't feel that Ivanka was quite qualified to be leading this search... 

Others imagined other administration officials they'd like to see resign:

Meanwhile, some people had ideas they wanted to pitch to Ivanka:

And author Emma Kennedy made this good point: