Gen. John Kelly, the former White House chief of staff, was quoted Saturday that he warned President Donald Trump to not hire a “yes man” to fill his shoes when he left as the chief. Kelly said he believed Trump would “be impeached” if he hired a “yes” person.
Speaking at a political conference called the Sea Island Summit hosted by the Washington Examiner, Kelly recalled his departure from the Trump White House and his parting advice to the president.
“I said, whatever you do — and we were still in the process of trying to find someone to take my place — I said whatever you do, don’t hire a “yes man,'” someone who won’t tell you the truth — don’t do that,” Kelly said. “Because if you do, I believe you will be impeached.”
Kelly went on to say he might have second thoughts of leaving the chief of staff post.
“That was almost 11 months ago, and I have an awful lot of, to say the least, second thoughts about leaving,” Kelly said. “It pains me to see what’s going on because I believe if I was still there or someone like me was there, he would not be kind of, all over the place.”
Since Kelly’s departure, the Trump administration has motored along and now finds itself at impeachment junction. Democrats have begun the official inquiries, and the House of Representatives is expected to vote on articles of impeachment by Christmas.
“Someone has got to be a guide that tells [the president] that you either have the authority or you don’t, or Mr. President, don’t do it,” Kelly said. “Don’t hire someone that will just nod and say, “That’s a great idea Mr. President.” Because you will be impeached.”
Social media was not kind to Kelly’s statements.
One group’s response was that Kelly knew someone must restrain the president.
“John Kelly warned Trump if he replaced him with a “yes man” chief of staff he “would be impeached” He knew someone had to restrain Trump from acting on his monstrous impulses. But malignant narcissists can tolerate no disagreement”
Another said, “Still pretty amazing how many former, and current, administration officials acknowledge that the president is basically a toddler who must be babysat to prevent him from getting into big trouble.”
Kelly said “I feel bad that I left,” but added that the system currently in place should probably protect the president while advising them.
“The system that should be in place, clearly — the system of advising, bringing in experts in, having these discussions with the president so he can make an informed decision, that clearly is not in place. And I feel bad that I left.”
Then there was White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham, who said, “I worked with John Kelly, and he was totally unequipped to handle the genius of our great President,” she said.