New chief of staff takes over at White House come Mon­day

West Hawaii Today - - Nation & World -

WASH­ING­TON — Re­tired Marine Gen. John Kelly is a bat­tle-hard­ened com­man­der who would bring a back­ground of mil­i­tary dis­ci­pline and or­der to Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s roil­ing White House as the new chief of staff.

Kelly’s ex­pe­ri­ence as Home­land Se­cu­rity sec­re­tary and a veteran of three tours in Iraq — along with a sober­ing fam­ily tragedy — sug­gests he’ll be a loyal man­ager for Trump when he starts the job Mon­day.

“He has been a true star of my ad­min­is­tra­tion,” the pres­i­dent tweeted Fri­day, an­nounc­ing that his cur­rent sec­re­tary of home­land se­cu­rity was in, and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus was out. Trump called Kelly a “great leader” and “great Amer­i­can.” He called Priebus, ousted af­ter a tu­mul­tuous six months, a “good man.”

As Home­land Se­cu­rity sec­re­tary, Kelly has taken the lead on some of Trump’s most con­tro­ver­sial poli­cies, in­clud­ing his ex­ec­u­tive or­ders sus­pend­ing the ad­mis­sion of refugees and tem­po­rar­ily bar­ring vis­i­tors from sev­eral Mus­lim- ma­jor­ity na­tions. Those or­ders have been stripped down by courts pend­ing a Supreme Court re­view this fall.

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