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Author: Trump Now Chief of Staff Kelly's Biggest Challenge

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President Donald Trump and now Chief of Staff John Kelly (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 31 Jul 2017 06:34 PM

With fractious Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci gone, new White House Chief of Staff John Kelly's biggest challenge is President Donald Trump himself, says the author of a new book on chief of staff position.

A chief of staff must be able to tell the president things he doesn't want to hear, and that won't be easy with Trump as boss, Chris Whipple, author of "The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency," told The Washington Post.

And Kelly will need to insist Trump keep his Twitter habit under control — and be prepared to resign if he doesn't, Whipple said.

"You can tweet all you like but you have to run them by me first," Kelly should tell the president, Whipple said. "I am prepared to resign the first time you send out a tweet with demonstrable falsehoods."

Chief of Staff Howard Baker and his deputy Ken Duberstein did just that as they signed on in the Reagan administration as the Iran-Contra scandal was hitting.

"They decided they were going to sit Reagan down, figure out what he knew about Iran-Contra and, if he was lying to them, they would resign," he said.

Kelly replaces Reince Priebus, who survived just six months and was seen as weak in keeping various factions at bay in a divided White House. Whipple described Priebus as a "sycophant" in an administration of enablers rather that a teller of hard truths. His book, completed last year, foresaw Priebus' troubles.

"While the timing of the book was obviously impossible to forecast, it didn't take a genius to figure out that Donald Trump was headed for trouble," he said. "I wrote an epilogue in December, before Trump took office. I essentially predicted that if Trump tried to run the White House the way he ran his campaign — based on seat-of-the-pants decisions without an empowered White House chief of staff — that it would be disastrous. This could not work. And that’'s what we’ve seen over the last six months."

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