Trump’s newly appointed Chief Of Staff John Kelly is definitely someone who plays by the rules. Recently, Kelly gathered around 200 White House aides for a meeting where he laid down the law and –in blunt terms– described how the dynamics are going to work in the West Wing he now oversees.
As Bloomberg explains, Kelly is now demanding that he has total control over Trump’s Twitter handle and would like to review his tweets before he presses send:
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’s pretty pathetic that Kelly has to babysit a grown man, but history has proven that Trump does not react well to authority.
As Axios’ Mike Allen pointed out this morning, many advisers have tried to offer Trump “better choices” with his tweets, and in the end, he tweets whatever nonsense that enters his brain. Hopefully, Kelly can come up with a way to manage the tweeter-in-chief before he self-destructs (let’s be honest, he already has.)
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