Dem on John Kelly: Trump putting 'extremist' in White House

Dem on John Kelly: Trump putting 'extremist' in White House
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Rep. Barbara LeeBarbara Jean LeeRussia probe accelerates political prospects for House Intel Dems Overnight Defense: Officials rush to deny writing anonymous op-ed | Lawmakers offer measure on naming NATO headquarters after McCain | US, India sign deal on sharing intel Dems plan resolution to withdraw US forces from Yemen civil war MORE (D-Calif.) slammed President Trump's decision to appoint Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly as his new chief of staff on Friday, saying the appointment "militarizes the White House." 

"By putting Gen John Kelly in charge, Pres Trump is militarizing the White House & putting our executive branch in the hands of an extremist," Lee tweeted.

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Lee did not offer any additional context as to her opinion on Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general who previously headed up U.S. Southern Command.

Kelly, who served as Trump's Homeland Security chief in the early months of his administration, will start at the White House on Monday, replacing Reince Priebus as chief of staff.

Trump made the announcement via Twitter on Friday: