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Who is Gen. John Kelly, President Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff?

Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 5:36 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 8:54 PM

The Life and Career of General John Kelly

White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly is under fire for the way he handled former Staff Secretary Rob Porter’s resignation this week and, according to news outlets, has reportedly offered to resign his position.

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Kelly was appointed as chief of staff to help bring order to a tumultuous West Wing and Oval Office, but has now found himself part of the problem he was hired to solve

Kelly started off in the Trump administration in January of 2017 as Secretary of Homeland Security.

Within six months, he was appointed to take over for Reince Priebus as chief of staff. In fact, Trump called Priebus on Thursday to discuss his anger over Kelly’s mishandling of Porter’s departure, according to The New York Times

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Kelly was born in Boston in 1950 into an Irish Catholic family. His father was a postal worker in the Boston neighborhood of Brighton where Kelly grew up.

He served a year in the U.S. Merchant Marine before enlisting in the Marine Corps in 1970, according to his biography on the Department of Defense website.

After he was discharged from the Marines in 1972, he attended the University of Massachusetts, graduating in 1976. He returned to the Marines, where he served as a rifle and weapons platoon commander among other leadership roles.

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Kelly married Karen Hernest in 1976 and had three children, two boys and a girl, according to Wikipedia.

His son, First Lt. Robert Michael Kelly was killed in action, in Afghanistan on Nov. 9 2010, when he stepped on a mine while leading a patrol. Kelly other son, John Jr., is a Marine Corps major.

Kelly was promoted to the rank of major in 1987 and served as the 2nd Marine Division’s operations officer. By the mid-90s Kelly was promoted to lieutenant colonel. 

He was selected as a Commandant’s Liaison Officer in the House of Representatives in 1995 where he was promoted to colonel.

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By 2002, Kelly, a much-decorated military veteran, was promoted to brigadier general. He served in Iraq in the mid-2000s and was soon promoted to major general. He also worked as an assistant to the Secretary of Defense from 2011 to 2012, according to his biography.

 

White House chief of staff John Kelly listens as President Donald Trump speaks at a briefing with senior military leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House October 5, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)
 

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Morgan Freeman accused of inappropriate behavior: report

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 11:30 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

Morgan Freeman: What You Need to Know

Actor Morgan Freeman has been accused of inappropriate behavior and harassment by at least eight women, CNN reported Thursday.

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A woman who worked in 2015 as a production assistant for the film "Going in Style," starring Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin, told CNN that she was harassed for several months by Freeman. She was not identified.

The woman said that in one incident, Freeman “kept trying to lift up my skirt and asking if I was wearing underwear."

She told CNN he stopped after Arkin commented about his behavior.

“Morgan got freaked out and didn’t know what to say,” she said.

Check back for updates to this developing story.

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George Zimmerman, unemployed, $2.5M in debt, gets public defender in latest legal battle

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 7:55 PM

George Zimmerman testified September 2016 about the man he said shot at him during an alleged road-rage incident in 2015. (Via WFTV.com)
George Zimmerman testified September 2016 about the man he said shot at him during an alleged road-rage incident in 2015. (Via WFTV.com)

A judge in Seminole County, Florida, has granted George Zimmerman a public defender to represent him in his latest legal battle.

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Zimmerman told the judge that he’s indigent, unemployed and has $2.5 million in debt and liabilities, according to court documents.

Zimmerman is facing a misdemeanor stalking charge that was filed by the Seminole County State Attorney’s Office earlier this month.

A sheriff's report said an investigator, Dennis Warren, contacted Zimmerman in September on behalf of Michael Gasparro, who is making a documentary on Trayvon Martin. The series is being produced by rapper Jay-Z.

Zimmerman allegedly told Gasparro, "Help Dennis out and give him a heads up. I'm going to find him. And I'm bringing hell with me."

He allegedly texted Gasparro and said, "Dennis is a (expletive) who bothered my uncle in his home. Local or former law officer, he's well on his way to the inside of a gator as well. 10-4?"

WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer said the indigent applications are rarely scrutinized by the court because they are done under oath.

“As long as you can show your liabilities outweigh your assets, you are maybe entitled to a public defender and you are maybe entitled to the cost of defense,” Sheaffer said.

Zimmerman is scheduled to be in court May 30.

Zimmerman was acquitted in 2013 of the 2012 shooting death of Martin, an unarmed teenager. of unarmed teen, Trayvon Martin.

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Trump cancels summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, cites 'open hostility'

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 10:51 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 10:51 AM

President Trump Cancels Meeting With Kim Jong-un

President Donald Trump will not meet with Kim Jong Un in June, according to a letter addressed to the North Korean leader from the president.

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The letter was released by White House officials Thursday morning.

Trump wrote that his decision to cancel the planned June 12 meeting came “based on the tremendous anger and open hostility” in a recent statement from North Korea.

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In the statement, the North Korean government referred to Vice President Mike Pence as a "political dummy" and said it is just as ready to meet in a nuclear confrontation as at the negotiating table.

“I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting,” Trump wrote. “Please let this letter serve to represent that the Singapore summit, for the good of both parties but to the detriment of the world, will not take place.

Senior North Korean diplomat Choe Son Hui told North Korea’s state-run news agency on Thursday that, “Whether the U.S. will meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown is entirely dependent upon the decision and behavior of the United States,” The Associated Press reported.

>> Reports: North Korea demolishes nuclear test site

Trump responded to the comment in his letter Thursday, telling Kim that, “You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used.”

The letter was released just hours after reports surfaced that North Korea had demolished a nuclear test site in the country's northeast region. The closing of the testing site had been announced as a step leading up to the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, the Associated Press reported.

Trump earlier this month announced that a historic meeting between him and Kim would take place in Singapore in June.

Read the full letter released Thursday by White House officials:

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Letter to Chairman Kim Jong Un by National Content Desk on Scribd

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Georgia teen killed on basketball court over football, police say

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 10:57 AM

Police in Gwinnett County, Ga. are searching for the suspect they said killed a teenager on a basketball court, after allegedly fighting over a basketball.
WSBTV.com
Police in Gwinnett County, Ga. are searching for the suspect they said killed a teenager on a basketball court, after allegedly fighting over a basketball.(WSBTV.com)

Police in Gwinnett County, Georgia, are searching for the person who they say shot and killed a teenager on a basketball court, WSB reports.

Witnesses told investigators the argument started over a football when the suspect pulled out a gun, according to WSB

The teen suffered from multiple gunshot wounds and died on the way to the hospital.

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“I just heard gunshots and ran down, and it’s my friend on the ground,” Quentin Wearwood said.

Investigators with the Gwinnett County Police Department said the shooting happened Wednesday evening at the Smokecreek Mobile Home Park in unincorporated Snellville. 

Investigators said the suspect also pistol-whipped the victim's brother.

Witnesses said the suspect fled in a light blue Nissan Altima.

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