Another day, another round of leaks from White House sources who seem intent on airing each other’s most embarrassing moments to the media as part of an ongoing internal power struggle within the unstable Donald Trump regime. This time it turns out there appears to be at least one person with reasonable views within Trump’s cabinet who’s willing to tell off Trump’s pet nazi Steve Bannon to his face. And that man is General John F. Kelly.
Retired General Kelly is the new Director of Homeland Security, having been one of Donald Trump’s very rare non-controversial nominees, and having already been confirmed by the Senate. Trump’s Muslim ban executive order, which was largely the handiwork of Steve Bannon, by all rights should have been run past Kelly, as his agency was going to be partially tasked with enforcing it. But that didn’t happen, and after the order led to a chaotic day of innocent Muslims being held prisoner at U.S. airports and thousands of protesters showing up on their behalf, Kelly decided to try to right the wrong.
Kelly crafted a waiver for those who already hold green cards and who are thus legally allowed into the United States. But Bannon had a problem with this, and according to two sources who spoke with the Washington Post about the matter, Bannon personally went to Kelly’s DHS office to instruct him not to issue the order. Kelly fired back that Bannon not in the “chain of command.”
It’s worth pointing out that White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is now denying that Bannon even went to Kelly’s office, let alone that Kelly told him off. But Spicer has such a documented history of lying in his role as press secretary, his word virtually worthless here, and we’re inclined to include that the story is in fact correct. Meanwhile, Democrats in Congress are working to legally ban Steve Bannon from the National Security Council.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report