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Is Trump About to Eliminate a White House Position That Has Stood for 70 Years?

A new AP story on John Kelly's tenure in the White House includes a shocking nugget: President Trump has considered doing away with the chief of staff position altogether.

By NTK Staff | 04.06.2018 @11:00am
Is Trump About to Eliminate a White House Position That Has Stood for 70 Years?

The Associated Press (AP) released a new story on Thursday covering the ‘dwindling’ of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly’s “clout” in the Oval Office.

But buried in the story is a shocking nugget that has not received much attention since the AP published their story.

That nugget (emphasis ours):

Emboldened in his job, Trump has rebelled against Kelly’s restrictions and mused about doing away with the chief of staff post entirely. It’s all leading White House staffers and Trump allies to believe that Kelly is working on borrowed time.

As with much about President Trump, such a move would be unprecedented among modern presidents.

According to Discovery, the chief of staff position as America knows it today started with President Harry Truman. John Steelman, Truman’s chief of staff, served from December 1946 through the end of Truman’s time as president in January 1953.

Since then, chiefs of staff have been at presidents’ sides almost uninterrupted, from 1946 through 2018.

In an interview with Smithsonian Magazine, historian Chris Whipple noted that the “empowered” chief of staff tradition also began decades ago, with Nixon.

Presidents going all the way back to Washington had confidants. But the modern White House chief of staff began with Eisenhower and Sherman Adams, who was so famously gruff and tough they called him the Abominable No-man.

Haldeman created the template for the modern empowered White House chief of staff. Nixon and Haldeman were obsessed with this. Nixon wanted a powerful chief of staff who would create time and space for him to think. It’s a model that presidents have strayed from at their peril ever since.

It’s hard to overstate the importance of the position. He’s not only the president’s closest confidant, but the president’s gatekeeper. He’s the honest broker who makes sure every decision is teed up with information and only the tough decisions get into the oval office.

It’s clear from the AP‘s report, though, that Kelly is less “empowered” every day, and, under Trump, this seven-decade-old position of the chief of staff may go away altogether.

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