President Donald Trump is looking to get rid of his Chief of Staff, John Kelly, since his new best friend Bill Shine entered the White House a week ago, according to a report from Vanity Fair.
President Trump brought on the former Fox News executive as his assistant to the deputy chief of staff for communications. Instead of firing Kelly on the spot, President Trump is hoping that Shine’s increasing presence in the White House will force Kelly to quit.
“They’ve basically stopped telling Kelly when meetings are. People leave him off the calendar,” an administration official told Vanity Fair. “When he finds out, he storms into the room and is like, ‘What’s going on?’”
“Trump is too chickensh*t to fire Kelly himself,” a source told Vanity Fair. President Trump has used this method in the past. “This is a more subtle version of Scaramucci,” an outside adviser to the White House said.
The source said Shine’s hiring was to benefit Fox News Host Sean Hannity. They timed President Trump’s Supreme Court announcement to start at the top of Hannity’s show. “Everyone at the White House knew this was about Sean’s ratings,” the source said.