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Does Trump Want Even More Chaos in the White House?

THE PRESIDENT DESPERATELY NEEDS A CHIEF OF STAFF WHO WILL TELL HIM HARD TRUTHS.

Frustrated and defiant, his White House dysfunctional, President Trump has been musing about a potentially bold stroke: What if he removed his chief of staff, John Kelly, and replaced him with … no one? The president has already, by many accounts, been ignoring or circumventing Mr. Kelly. He reportedly told friends that, after all, Lyndon B. Johnson didn’t need a chief, so why does he?

This is a formula for failure. It is true that President Johnson did not designate any

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