At tonight’s rally in Alabama, in which Trump campaigned for Luther Strange (R-AL) ahead of next week’s Republican Senate primary runoff, the President decided to call his Chief of Staff to the podium. John Kelly, for his part, was neither impress nor willing to participate.
President Trump invites retired Marine Corp General John Kelly, current chief of staff, to speak at Strange rally https://t.co/6Dr6aZYdfU
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) September 23, 2017
Trump can be seen egging on an obviously unwilling Kelly to the stage before the Chief of Staff simply stops, acknowledges Trump with a tepid finger point, and then turns around and walks away.
Kelly was brought onto Trump’s team at a moment of particular tumult in the House White. After a string of notable departures, the new Chief of Staff was given credit for establishing a degree of relative calm to an otherwise chaotic administration.
However, even Kelly’s presence at Trump’s Alabama rally could not curb the apparent unhinged, rambling stream of consciousness that Trump spewed from the stage as he jumped between his favorite topics: crowd size, the wall on the Mexican border, the electoral college, and Hillary Clinton. Kelly was certain, though, that he wanted no part of it.