Jon Karl: Gen. Kelly Comes In as ‘Much More Powerful Chief of Staff Than Reince Priebus Ever Was’


ABC’s Jon Karl said on This Week Sunday morning that incoming White House chief of staff John Kelly is set to be more powerful than his predecessor, the perennially embattled Reince Priebus.

Kelly “comes in as a much more powerful chief of staff than Reince Priebus ever was,” Karl claimed.

Karl pointed out that “when Priebus became chief of staff he was announced along with Steve Bannon as the chief strategist, with Jared Kushner as a senior adviser.”

“Now, the power of all three positions,” ABC’s chief White House correspondent continued, “theoretically at least, will reside with General Kelly.”

“He will have authority that Reince Priebus never had.”

Karl also noted that “the issue throughout these first six months is that the real chief of staff in that White House has been Donald Trump. So the question is whether or not he will truly cede that authority to General Kelly, and if he’ll listen to him.”

Kelly joins the White House as chief of staff from the Department of Homeland Security, where he has served as secretary since President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

He replaced Priebus, who the president dismissed after new-communications director Anthony Scaramucci this week waged a public war against the former RNC chair in the name of his efforts to purge the administration of leaks.

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