President Donald Trump installed new Chief of Staff John Kelly, thereby replacing Reince Priebus, in an apparent attempt to impose new order and structure on the White House. It was also seen as a move to stop leaks from further damaging the administration.
So far, Kelly has implemented a variety of measures intended to do precisely that, one of them being the restriction on who can and can’t see the president. He’s even making Trump’s own daughter, senior advisor Ivanka Trump, and top senior aides who used to report directly to the president go through him now.
But, according to several reports, Kelly appears to have taken things too far. They now claim that Kelly is demanding oversight of Trump’s favorite hobby, his personal Twitter account.
While Kelly admits he can’t control the president, per say, he wants to know what the president plans to tweet ahead of time, before he does it. That request has allegedly angered Trump and caused him to be “pissed” according to a person familiar with the situation.
Kelly looks like he’s lost that battle if Trump’s latest tweets are any indication.
Just on Wednesday alone, Trump attacked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and wrongly claimed that his “first order as president was to renovate and modernize” America’s nuclear arsenal. The truth is, he didn’t sign an executive action on that subject until January 27th, and that was only a “review.” President Obama was the one actually ordered a complete update of America’s nukes, a pledge that cost $30 trillion over 30 years, and he did that 7 years prior to Trump’s statement.
There are also reports that Trump is mad at Kelly for calling former FBI Director James Kelly, shortly after Trump fired him. According to two people, Kelly was deeply upset about Comey’s firing and the way Trump fired him. Trump didn’t even give him so much as the respect of a phone call, Comey found out about it while giving a speech to FBI employees and the television in the background reported he had been fired. It was a complete embarrassment.
“John was angry and hurt by what he saw and the way (Comey) was treated,” the source, who opted to remain anonymous, told CNN.
It’s not sure how long Kelly will last as chief of staff, but that’s anyone’s guess. Trump has only been president for going on seven months now and there have already been a number of shake-ups in his administration seeing several top officials either getting the boot or resigning beforehand.