John F. Kelly

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John Francis Kelly (born May 11, 1950) was the Chief of staff of the Trump Administration, who reportedly insisted upon the firing of conservatives Steve Bannon and Anthony Scaramucci. He previously served for six months as the fifth United States Secretary of Homeland Security under President Donald Trump. As such, he is a member of the National Security Council. He is a retired United States Marine Corps general and the former commander of United States Southern Command.

Military career

Just before the 1st Marine Division advanced on the Iraqi city of Nasiriyah on March 23, 2003, Maj. Gen. James Mattis pinned a star onto each collar of his assistant division commander, Col. John F. Kelly. He was now a brigadier general, and the first to be promoted on the battlefield since the Korean War.[1]

Southcom commander

From 2012 to 2016, Kelly served as the commander of United States Southern Command, which gave him experience regarding dealing with illegal immigration. His experiences at Southcom, as well as in the military in general, helped shape Jelly's political views in a conservative direction.[2]

Secretary of Homeland Security

Kelly served as the Secretary of Homeland Security during the first six months of Trump's presidency. He made many accomplishments in advancing conservative policies during his tenure at the DHS.[3][4]

For more information about Kelly's tenure at the DHS, see:

White House Chief of Staff

President Trump appointed Kelly to be the White House Chief of Staff, with his term starting on July 31, 2017.[5][6] Kelly worked against Trump as Chief of Staff, stating that he was most proud of holding the president back from achieving his agenda,[7] and other examples exist of him undermining the president's agenda.[8]

Later life

Shortly after leaving the Chief of Staff position, Kelly called for President Trump to end a shutdown without providing money to build a border wall.[9] He later stated he disagreed with many of President Trump's decisions on immigration.[10] In October 2019, Kelly criticized President Trump for withdrawing U.S. soldiers from Syria.[11]

Personal life

In 2010, Kelly's 29-year-old son, First Lieutenant Robert Kelly, was killed in action when he stepped on a landmine while leading a platoon of Marines on a patrol in Afghanistan.

See also


  2. Miroff, Nick (January 7, 2018). In Latin America, John Kelly trained for a job serving President Trump. Stars and Stripes (from The Washington Post). Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  3. Munro, Neil (July 28, 2017). Ten Accomplishments By John Kelly At Homeland Security. Breitbart News. Retrieved July 28, 2017.
  4. Gomez, Alan (July 31, 2017). Chief of staff Kelly's record at Homeland Security shows steady, loyal leadership. USA Today. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  5. Kellman, Laurie (July 29, 2017). New chief of staff takes over at White House come Monday. The Washington Times. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  6. Boyer, Dave (July 28, 2017). Trump names DHS Secretary Kelly as White House chief of staff; Priebus out. The Washington Times. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  7. What John Kelly is proudest of: Serving as a check on Trump. Axios. December 30, 2018.
  8. Boyle, Matthew (January 24, 2019). Exclusive Excerpts from ‘Team of Vipers’: John Kelly Overheard Undermining President Trump on Syria. Breitbart News. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  9. Munro, Neil (January 24, 2019). John Kelly Joins Establishment Push for Trump to Quit Fight for Border Wall. Breitbart News. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  10. Falconer, Rebecca (March 7, 2019). John Kelly says he would've served under Clinton if she'd won in 2016. Axios. Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  11. Caplan, Joshua (October 26, 2019). John Kelly: Syria Withdrawal Was ‘Catastrophically Bad Idea’. Breitbart News. Retrieved October 26, 2019.
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