Ex-Chief of Staff John Kelly joins call on Trump to end the the government shutdown

One of the greatest ironies of President Donald Trump's absurd government shutdown is that while he is trying to leverage Democrats to support funding for his border wall, the Department of Homeland Security, which is responsible for patrolling the border, has itself been shut down.


The fact that his strategy is so obviously counterproductive likely explains why Trump's former Chief of Staff John Kelly joined a call for the president and other elected leaders to end the shutdown.

Kelly, who was Trump's Homeland Security secretary before he became chief of staff, signed on to a letter Wednesday that advocated funding the department joined by the other four former department heads:

We are awed by the sacrifices that the men and women of DHS and their families make every day and their extraordinary service to our nation. We Call on our elected leaders to restore the funding necessary to secure our homeland remains safe and that the Department's critical national security functions continue without compromise.

Kelly left the White House at the end of December after nearly a year of rumors of a poor relationship with Trump.

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