In the wake of White House staff secretary Rob Porter’s resignation, President Donald Trump has reportedly grown increasingly frustrated with chief of staff John Kelly and is considering possible replacements for the position, according to NBC News.
In private conversations, Trump has reportedly voiced his disapproval of Kelly’s inconsistent way of addressing the scandal, initially expressing support for Porter then walking back his comments the next day.
After Porter was accused of domestic and verbal abuse by two ex-wives in a Daily Mail story, Kelly issued a statement in which he praised his character and work ethic.
“Rob Porter is a man of true integrity and honor and I can’t say enough good things about him,” Kelly said Tuesday.
After receiving criticism that his comments seemed to ignore the allegations of abuse against Porter, Kelly issued another statement Wednesday in which he said that “there is no place for domestic violence in our society.”
Porter has denied the accusations, and he has since resigned his post.
Trump also offered his support for Porter and emphasized he has denied the allegations.
“We wish him well,” the president told reporters Friday. “He worked very hard. I found out about it recently, and I was surprised by it. … It’s obviously a tough time for him. He did a very good job when he was in the White House. … We hope he has a wonderful career. … It was very sad when we heard about it. He’s also very sad. He also, as you probably know, he says he’s innocent.”
According to NBC News, the Porter situation isn’t the only issue causing Trump to clash with Kelly’s management style. Kelly’s comments in January that Trump’s ideas on immigration are “evolving” and his recent suggestion that some “Dreamers” were “too lazy” to sign up for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program have also annoyed the president to the point of considering another staff shake-up.
One of the names rumored to be in consideration for Kelly’s job is Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney.
But despite the drama erupting over the Porter scandal, including Trump’s dissatisfaction with communications director Hope Hicks’ handling of the situation, people familiar with the news said Trump is reluctant to order any staff changes at this point in his presidency.