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Sarah Sanders on John Kelly’s Exit: I Think Trump Wants a Chief of Staff Who ‘Believes in What We’re Doing’

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is hinting at strong policy differences between President Donald Trump, and his departing Chief of Staff John Kelly.

Speaking with Eliana Johnson at Politico‘s Women’s Leadership Summit, Sanders suggested that Kelly wasn’t fully on board with the president’s agenda.

“I think he brought a lot of structure to the White House that was needed at the time he came in,” Kelly said. “And has certainly, I think, been an incredible addition to the White House. That being said, I think the president is looking for somebody that believes in what we’re doing. And believes in the policies that we spend all day, every single day, looking to implement.”

Sanders didn’t elaborate much when pressed by Johnson.

“I don’t think there’s been a question whether or not General Kelly supported the president’s policies,” she said. “Certainly they’re going to disagree. But if you can’t have a Chief of Staff that you disagree with, then they’re not going to be effective. In fact, I think that’s one of the things that the president looks for is somebody who can say — if they don’t agree with how things may go.

“But they need to do that behind closed doors, when they have those disagreements. at the end of the day. The only person that was elected to office was Donald Trump.”

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