John Kelly's future as the White House chief of staff appears to be in question as the Rob Porter scandal continues to escalate. President Trump's allies are torn over what should be the fate of the retired Marine general who has fought to bring order to a chaotic West Wing. Porter, the former White House staff secretary who had an important behind-the-scenes job, resigned last week amid abuse allegations from two ex-wives. Kelly initially released a statement defending Porter, only to release a second statement nearly a full day after the story broke that expressed shock at photographic evidence of the alleged abuse. Some of Trump's allies say it would be a 'lethal' mistake for the president to oust Kelly, who many feel is a stabilizing force within the White House.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.