Sources: Trump’s new chief of staff talked about resigning over Comey firing

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Boy, Donald Trump’s new chief of staff sure is a man of (very little) integrity. John Kelly was homeland security secretary back in May when Trump fired FBI head James Comey, and Kelly was so upset that sources say he told Comey he was thinking of resigning.

Both sources cautioned that it was unclear how serious Kelly, then the secretary of homeland security, was about resigning himself.

“John was angry and hurt by what he saw and the way (Comey) was treated,” one of the sources said. […]

Comey, who took Kelly’s call while traveling back from Los Angeles to Washington, responded to Kelly by telling him not to resign, one of the sources said.

There are two obvious possibilities here. One is that Kelly called Comey and said he was thinking of resigning, but he didn’t mean it at all and was just posturing. The other is that John Kelly is the kind of man who sees behavior from his boss that shakes him to his core, but gets over it so fast that three months later he takes a job working even closer to the same boss whose behavior so disturbed him. It’s a lot harder to come up with a serious read of this news that portrays Kelly in a good light. Because if anyone’s thinking of trying to claim Kelly feels a duty to get the Trump White House functioning smoothly, we just have to turn from questioning his integrity to questioning his intelligence.