Huckabee: John Kelly Knows What it Means to Have Lives Depend on His Leadership
Mike Huckabee said former Gen. John Kelly's stellar service in the military more than prepares him for the job of White House chief of staff.
"He has made great sacrifices for this country, even putting his own life in harm's way," the former Arkansas governor told "Fox & Friends" Monday. "He understands what it means to organize people and to be responsible for the lives of men and women and to know that if he doesn't lead well somebody actually dies."
The former presidential candidate also called for respect for Kelly's predecessor Reince Priebus, who exited the White House with an "extraordinary level of class and dignity."
Priebus was ousted last week as part of a staff shakeup that also introduced Anthony Scaramucci as communications director and left critics saying the White House was in chaos.
"I don't think it's a big deal that they're still getting their sea legs," Huckabee commented.
Kelly will bring an "extraordinary amount of focus and discipline" to the president's staff.
His priority should be a "firewall" both internally regarding who meets with Trump and externally to guard against leaks of sensitive information.
Huckabee also slammed critics who said Trump was "militarizing the White House" by appointing Kelly.
"To somehow blame those incredible qualities of the military I think is disrespectful to every single person in uniform," he stated.