Politics Conversations over possible John Kelly successor heat up

06:20  14 february  2018
06:20  14 february  2018 Source:   cnn.com

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House chief of staff John Kelly , but multiple sources say conversations over who could succeed him have heated up . Sources say the conversations center on chief economic adviser Gary Cohn, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney as possible successors .

House chief of staff John Kelly , but multiple sources say conversations over who could succeed him have heated up . Sources say the conversations center on chief economic adviser Gary Cohn, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney as possible successors .

White House National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn and Chief of Staff John Kelly arrive for the weekly Senate Republican Policy Committee luncheon in the U.S. Capitol November 28, 2017 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Donald Trump is joining the Senate Republicans for their weekly luncheon. © Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images White House National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn and Chief of Staff John Kelly arrive for the weekly Senate Republican Policy Committee luncheon in the U.S. Capitol November 28, 2017 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Donald Trump is joining the Senate Republicans for their weekly luncheon.

There has been no decision by President Donald Trump to replace embattled White House chief of staff John Kelly, but multiple sources say conversations over who could succeed him have heated up.

CNN had reported the President has been calling associates in recent days and discussing possibilities.

White House scrambles to contain Porter fallout

  White House scrambles to contain Porter fallout Rob Porter will be out as early as Thursday, a senior White House official said Wednesday night, in another signal the West Wing is scrambling to contain the fallout over his continued employment even though officials were aware of the domestic abuse allegations against him. Porter, a top White House staffer, resigned from his position Wednesday after allegations of domestic abuse were made public by his two ex-wives. Porter has denied their allegations.A top aide to White House chief of staff John Kelly, Porter was initially defended by glowing White House statements in spite of his resignation.

There has been no decision by President Donald Trump to replace embattled White House chief of staff John Kelly , but multiple sources say conversations over who could succeed him have heated up .

House chief of staff John Kelly , but multiple sources say conversations over who could succeed him have heated up . Sources say the conversations center on chief economic adviser Gary Cohn, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney as possible successors .

While no decision has been made, the scrutiny increased after Tuesday's testimony by FBI Director Christopher Wray.

One source said Tuesday that the big problem was Kelly was overwhelmed and didn't initially deal with the fallout over allegations of spousal abuse by former White House staff secretary Rob Porter's ex-wives. When he realized the problem, the source said Kelly went into a damage-control mode, but it was really cover-up mode, and asked people to say things that weren't true.

A second source says that Kelly was in over his head with personnel issues and that he has been hurt by his poor handling of the Porter allegations this week. This source indicated Kelly was further hurt by friends of Trump outside the White House saying he should go.

Talk centers on Mick Mulvaney if John Kelly leaves

  Talk centers on Mick Mulvaney if John Kelly leaves Mick Mulvaney, President Donald Trump's chief budget officer, is in the spotlight this week as staffers consider what might happen if White House chief of staff John Kelly leaves in the wake of the Rob Porter scandal. Conversations have been going on all week long among White House staffers as to what a "post-Kelly world looks like," a source familiar with these discussions said. And "the conversation keeps coming back to Mulvaney." Trump also has been quizzing those around him about their opinion of Mulvaney in recent weeks, aides and associates tell CNN.

There has been no decision by President Donald Trump to replace embattled White House chief of staff John Kelly , but multiple sources say conversations over who could succeed him have heated up .

There has been no decision by President Donald Trump to replace embattled White House chief of staff John Kelly , but multiple sources say conversations over who could succeed him have heated up .

Sources say the conversations center on chief economic adviser Gary Cohn, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney as possible successors.

One source says McCarthy is telling people he doesn't want the job, and another source says he could be more valuable to the White House in his current role in Congress.

A source said that while Cohn had an issue with Trump over his reaction to racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, that run-in showed that he pushes back, which would be needed in the chief of staff job.

Cohn, a high-profile Jewish member of the administration and former Goldman Sachs executive, had told the Financial Times that Trump's handling of the Charlottesville violence and protests caused him "distress." Cohn said the administration "can and must do better" to condemn hate groups.

CNN's Sara Murray and Betsy Klein contributed to this report.

Pence: White House could have better handled Porter situation .
Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday said the White House could have done a better job handling the Rob Porter domestic-abuse allegations. Pence said that the Trump administration has "no tolerance for domestic violence," but added that "the White House could have handled this better."The vice president's remarks come as the saga surrounding Porter shows no signs of ending, and after House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) announced his panel would begin an investigation.

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