Published: Tue, March 20, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

White House says no more staff changes coming

White House says no more staff changes coming

U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is most likely the next official to leave the Trump administration, following a string of firings and resignations, according to an online betting website said which put the odds against him staying at 3/2.

"Due to the ongoing turnover we've seen thus far in the Trump Administration, no member on this list can feel particularly safe in their position", BetDSI said in a statement on the 24 Trump officials it gave odds for.

Trump is now comfortable with ousting McMaster, with whom he never personally gelled, but is willing to take time executing the move because he wants to ensure both that the three-star Army general is not humiliated and that there is a strong successor lined up, these people said.

Among staff whose jobs appeared most secure were Vice President Mike Pence at 50/1 and Small Business Administration chief Linda McMahon with the same odds, according to BetDSI.

"John Kelly's day from hell", blares the headline for a fresh-n-scoopy report from Axios, which details the White House chief of staff's Friday - from a morning packed with reports of administration chaos to an evening in which his embarrassing comments about Rex Tillerson leaked.

The President's decision comes as he prepares for talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Kelly told the room that the phone conversation with Tillerson was very awkward.


Trump chafes at McMaster's demeanor, complaining that his aide lectures him, according to three current and former administration officials.

Kelly has been credited with imposing order on the chaotic West Wing, but his relationship with Trump has come under strain too.

During a freakish off-the-record briefing Friday, Kelly told a handful of reporters that Tillerson was on the toilet suffering from a stomach bug when he informed him that he was getting canned, three sources with knowledge of the matter told the Daily Beast. The president recently told an ally that he was still frustrated by an interview that Kelly gave to Fox News almost two months ago in which he suggested that Trump had "evolved" in his thinking about the need for a wall on the Mexican border. He has told confidants he wants to rid himself of staffers who hold him back.

The President earlier in the day tweeted: "Mike Pompeo will become our new Secretary of State". He's CNBC contributor Larry Kudlow, who opposes taxing foreign imports, yet still says he's "in accord" with Trump's agenda.

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