On Thursday evening, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson shared that his network has learned of White House Chief of Staff General John Kelly wanting to leave the administration.
As Washington Examiner reports, Carlson cited “well-informed sources in the administration” and said the departure could happen “very soon.”
“This show is learning tonight, as a Fox News alert from well-informed sources in the administration that White House Chief of Staff General John Kelly may be preparing to leave his job, likely very soon,” Carlson said. “Now Kelly is an honorable and capable man, one of the most impressive to ever hold that post and many will be sad to see him go, me included.”
“The question is though, who replaces him?” Carlson asked.
The Fox News host then said his sources were pitching two quick front-runners for the assumed vacancy: Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks.
“Now apparently there are several contenders tonight. Those would include OMB [Office of Management and Budget] Director Mick Mulvaney. Mulvaney is a wiz on budget matters. Does he agree with the president’s core promises on immigration though? Can he represent the interests of Trump voters on border enforcement? That is not a small thing, it ought to be an absolute requirement for that job – the White House chief of staff.”
“Also on that list is Hope Hicks. Hicks is young and generally press-shy, relatively few outside of Washington have even heard her speak. But, in a White House riven with factionalism and leaking, Hicks is one of the very few people in Washington, maybe even one of the very few people on the planet who have the reflexive trust of the president. He could use more people like that, for sure, in a time like this.
Per the report:
He cited that there were several potential candidates being discussed, including Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget and acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and former White House communications director Hope Hicks.
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An op-ed from Washington Examiner makes quite the case for Hicks to be picked for the position:
Sources from the White House have been buzzing that John Kelly’s time as chief of staff may be coming to an end soon, and the race to replace him has already begun. Rather than looking to other members of the White House or various politicians and advisers, President Trump should bring back one of his most trusted and loyal advisers, Hope Hicks.
Hicks, the former White House director of communication, has experience working with Trump, providing her with invaluable insight into how Trump works. Unlike any other candidate he may be considering, she doesn’t need a learning curve and possesses the most important qualities that the president cares about: loyalty, independence, and a calming presence during chaos. Not to mention the historical importance of selecting Hicks: She’d be the youngest and first female White House chief of staff.
Hicks’ loyalty is undeniable and would be extremely important as an increasing number of establishment Republicans, most of whom did not vote for Trump either in the primary or in the general, have made their way into the administration.
For a more practical reason, Trump should select Hicks because of her work experience in the White House, calming presence, and ability to deal with crisis. Axios’ Jonathan Swan wrote that Hicks organized some of the great moments for the president, like his listening session on gun violence. He also noted that she has understood Trump best, had the president’s best interests at heart, and believes in Trump.
Carlson’s announcement followed a Wall Street Journal report which claimed President Trump was requesting advice from those close to him on who he should appoint to replace Kelly as the next chief of staff. The White House has denied any truthfulness to these reports with Trump reportedly calling it “fake news.”
“I spoke to the president, who refutes this article,” White House spokesperson Lindsay Walters said, per Washington Examiner. “He said it is absolutely not true and that it is fake news.”