Just a quick update this morning, and it's just a theory of mine that I've been sitting on since yesterday.
Yesterday Politico came out with a "leak" story about how the President was expected to nominate Kirstjen Nielsen to be the next Secretary of Homeland Security. Later in the day, he did in fact do that.
This is curious to me for a couple of reasons...
Nielsen has been John Kelly's right hand since before his day one in this Administration. She's been instrumental in the weeding-out of controversial figures in the White House (Gorka, Spicer, etc), and is known by her hard-ass demeanor, and no-bullshit talk.
It is very strange to me that Kelly would let her go, while he's still struggling to bring a chaotic White House under control.
Here's my theory: I think the reason Kelly supported this nomination is because he doesn't want Nielsen's reputation ruined, or her to be jobless upon his inevitable demise as Chief of Staff, which signals that his position may not be as secure as some may think. I believe that he's giving her leave and a soft landing as a preemptive measure to what might be the departure of yet another Chief of Staff. None of this is confirmed, of course, but I can't think of another reason John Kelly would let go one of the only people he trusts. Some food for thought....
In other news, the heath care EO that I described yesterday is coming this morning. Expect swift legal action. Other than that, the House is going to pass another big aid package today and then take off for the rest of the week.