Democratic Rep. says Trump is 'militarizing the White House' with Kelly appointment

A Democratic Congresswoman has blasted General John Kelly's appointment as the new White House chief of staff by describing him as "an extremist."

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

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Lee did not specify the reason behind her post.

A New York Times report indicates that Trump likely chose Kelly due, in part, to his backing of the president's immigration policies and his tough talk against critics.

The Times also points out, "The selection of Mr. Kelly was quickly praised by both Republicans and Democrats, who expressed hope that he would bring a swift end to the distracting feuds among the president's staff."

The desired goal is for him to apply his decades of military experience towards bringing stability and discipline to the White House.

Trump announced his decision to put Kelly into the high-profile role on Friday, tweeting, "I am pleased to inform you that I have just named General/Secretary John F Kelly as White House Chief of Staff. He is a Great American and a Great Leader. John has also done a spectacular job at Homeland Security. He has been a true star of my Administration."

The president added about his outgoing chief of staff, "I would like to thank Reince Priebus for his service and dedication to his country. We accomplished a lot together and I am proud of him!"

Priebus has since said about being replaced, "A president has a right to hit a reset button. I think it's a good time to hit the reset button. I think he was right to hit the reset button."

Kelly is expected to start his new position on Monday.