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Monday, August 07, 2017

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. The retired Marine Corps four-star general said he didn't care whether they had been part of the Trump campaign or had joined the administration from Capitol Hill or another corner of the political world, according to people who attended the meeting. They all work for the president now, he told them, and they had to act as one team. 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.

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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.

Trump has made it clear, however, that he reserves the right to ignore advice on tweets.

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It's about time that an adult took charge of the WH.

#1 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-08-06 11:42 AM | Reply


@#1 It's about time that an adult took charge of the WH.

Hopefully, we won't have another Haig, "I'm in control" moment...

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-08-06 11:54 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#2

It could happen, Flag rank officers are used to being in charge.

#3 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-08-06 12:42 PM | Reply

Is the baby sitter on the NJ trip? If not, he shoulda taken the phone away from Don.

#4 | Posted by TedBaxter at 2017-08-06 12:50 PM | Reply


Apropos cartoon...

www.realclearpolitics.com

 

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-08-06 01:42 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

What does it say about trump that he can't listen to anyone who isn't an strict authoritarian father figure type?

Maybe he'd believe in climate change if we got Wilford Brimly to tell him about it.

#6 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-08-07 09:14 PM | Reply

Trump unleashed a twit, er, tweet-storm from on vacation today. Apparently he didn't get the message.

#7 | Posted by Corky at 2017-08-07 09:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Military guys are overrated. I don't understand the unrealistic expectations that this guy will change anything.

#8 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-08-07 09:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Trump latest attenionwhoring on twitter consisted of attacking a senator for not serving in Vietnam.

#9 | Posted by Tor at 2017-08-07 09:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


@#8 ... I don't understand the unrealistic expectations that this guy will change anything. ...

fmr Gen Kelly's main task is to manage the White House staff (hence his title). From what I've been reading, he has had a significant effect in that area.

However, for this particular administration, there are some (many?) who hope that he will also be able to manage his boss. While fmr Gen Kelly does currently seem to have a positive effect upon Pres Trump, it remains to be seen how long any such effect will last.

#10 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-08-07 09:38 PM | Reply

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Is it just me looking at Nixon as the last POTUS to replace his chief of staff with a military general?

#11 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2017-08-07 09:38 PM | Reply

#10

Does it even matter? This administration has shot itself in the foot many times. So many times that even Kelly cannot surmount.

#12 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2017-08-07 09:40 PM | Reply

@#11 ... Nixon as the last POTUS to replace his chief of staff with a military general? ...

I posted a link to an article with that observation a few days ago.

Though the article was specific to add some wording about the President being embattled or something like that.

Found the post:
www.drudge.com

The reference is in the second part of the summary.

#13 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-08-07 09:48 PM | Reply

#10 I'm saying "fmr Gen Kelly" is not going to be effective. At all.

#14 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-08-07 09:55 PM | Reply

He was a fine dancer, though.

#15 | Posted by Corky at 2017-08-07 09:57 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#15

No you are getting this guy confused with Fred Astaire.

#16 | Posted by bocaink at 2017-08-07 10:35 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Didn't Trump just tweet out classified intel on NK from Fox News?

Guess Gen Kelly is not doing his job.

#17 | Posted by 726 at 2017-08-08 12:19 PM | Reply

Like anybody can rein in this small-minded doofus. He's like a turd tornado, flinging crap everywhere he goes. And he's every bit as merciless to the folks in the trailer parks. They just don't know it yet.

#18 | Posted by cbob at 2017-08-08 02:36 PM | Reply

Guess Gen Kelly is not doing his job.

#17 | POSTED BY 726 AT 2017-08-08 12:19 PM | FLAG:

He'd have to put Trump's thumbs in a chinese finger trap to be effective.

#19 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-08-08 05:14 PM | Reply

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