Sunday, August 6, 2017

Kelly at the Helm

On his fifth day on the job as Donald Trump’s new chief of staff, John Kelly gathered about 200 White House aides for a meeting where he spelled out in blunt terms the way things are going to work in the West Wing he now oversees.


They all work for the president now, he told them, and they had to act as one team.


Since his swearing-in on Monday, Kelly has moved swiftly to bring order to a chaotic and unruly White House, according to accounts from 12 administration aides and outside observers.


Echoing the Marines’ credo of “God, Country, Corps,” Kelly said he expects all of them to put country first, the president second, and their own needs and priorities last. He stressed work ethic. And he sharply warned them against leaking, an obsession of Trump’s.

Which, apparently, someone promptly did.
Kelly insists that anyone who wants to see the president now must go through him.

Perhaps even more important, Kelly is testing his authority to tame Trump’s sometimes reckless tweeting habits. While Kelly isn’t vetting every presidential tweet, Trump has shown a willingness to consult with his chief of staff before hitting “send” on certain missives that might cause an international uproar or lead to unwelcome distractions, according to three people familiar with the interactions. Kelly has been “offering a different way to say the same thing,” the person said.


It may prove difficult for Kelly to prevail on Trump to bottle up his tweets at those who defy or criticize him -- or to refrain from expressing his outrage at the expanding investigations into possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, a subject that has given rise to some of his most explosive statements.
Pretty sure that's a given.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

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