John Kelly’s WH Role Reportedly Diminishing Amid Bill Shine Hire: They’ve Stopped Telling Him About Meetings
Former Fox News co-president Bill Shine has only been at the White House for about a week, but already President Donald Trump is embracing him.
A new report from Vanity Fair‘s Gabriel Sherman contrasts the rise of Shine as the President’s new favorite with Chief of Staff John Kelly on the outs and close to being out the door entirely:
Kelly opposed the hiring of Shine and has seen his role continue to be diminished, sources said, sometimes in humiliating ways. “They’ve basically stopped telling Kelly when meetings are. People leave him off the calendar,” one administration official told me. “When he finds out, he storms into the room and is like, ‘What’s going on?’” A Republican close to the White House told me that Trump hopes Shine’s expanding role will encourage Kelly to quit. “Trump is too chickenshit to fire Kelly himself,” the source said.
One person even told Sherman that there’s some similarity between what’s going on here and how Trump brought in Anthony Scaramucci last year to “drive out” Reince Priebus.
Of course, there’s also the fact that Shine is not only a former Fox News executive, but he’s still close with Sean Hannity. One Republican source tells Sherman “everyone at the White House” knew the timing of the SCOTUS announcement to 9 pm––when Hannity’s show starts–– was no accident.
And on top of that, another source says that Hannity is pushing for Shine to become chief of staff in part because he “really can’t stand Kelly.”
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