Bay State Native John Kelly Reports For Duty Today With Eye Toward Unity

Retired Marine general and Brighton native John Kelly assumes the White House chief of staff post today with high hopes he can better advance President Trump’s legislative and policy goals, amid his boss’ often erratic messaging and infighting among Oval Office advisers.

“Kelly’s job is to bring discipline and unity of purpose to a White House that has had early stumbles and a healthy dose of palace intrigue,” GOP operative Ford O’Connell said. “That could be a big game-changer for the White House, because of the things that they want to achieve, like tax reform, the budget, infrastructure — these are only going to come when, and if, the White House shows more of a unity of purpose.”

Kelly, initially tapped as Trump’s Homeland Security secretary, replaces former Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, who Trump unceremoniously dumped last week after clashes with other factions close to Trump.

A former congressional adviser for the Marines, Kelly won plaudits earlier this year for his handling of the maelstrom over Trump’s travel ban, taking the heat for wording that didn’t pass court muster and seeing through revisions that held up before the Supreme Court.

Read more from Jack Encarncao at the Boston Herald

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