This morning, General John Kelly, President Trump’s Chief of Staff, directly contradicted his boss’ earlier threat to abandon the hurricane-ravaged American territory of Puerto Rico.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 12, 2017
“We will stand with those American citizens in Puerto Rico until the job is done,” the usually taciturn four-star general said of FEMA and the U.S. military in his surprise press conference.
A competent adult answering questions of domestic and international import came as a refreshing change of pace and made Kelly look more like a president than the president, who had been tweeting insults and threats at suffering Puerto Rico all morning.
…We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2017
Like Secretary of Defense, General Mattis, who went rogue in August, refusing to implement Trump’s transgender ban, General Kelly has taken moral leadership into his own hands by refusing to abandon millions of Americans without power, clean drinking water, food, homes, or enough fuel.
During a briefing that covered everything from rumors that Kelly would quit or be fired to Iran to storm-relief efforts, General Kelly entertained reporters with his less-than-reassuring claims that “I’m not quitting today” and “I don’t think I’m being fired today.”
With Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee recently declaring that Generals Kelly and Mattis are the only people standing between the United States and chaos, and White House sources leaking that the two military men have discussed wrestling the president to the floor in the event that he tries to launch a nuclear strike, it is a matter of vital national security that both men keep their jobs.
The “adult day care” into which the Oval Office has devolved cannot do without the teachers in charge.