John Kelly Currently Has Less Influence on Trump Than Fox & Friends Does

Aaron Brown
August 3, 2018

Mr Kelly told staffers that he had agreed to stay on, five White House officials said Tuesday.

Trump reportedly sounded out friends about possible replacements for Kelly, while the former Marine general talked about retirement from the White House. Over the weekend, Kelly marked one year as White House chief of staff.

But Trump has chose to stick with Kelly - for now, at least.

The image belied a fraught relationship between Trump and Kelly, who has been credited with restoring a semblance of order to the chaotic West Wing - but at the cost of grating on the freewheeling commander-in-chief.

About a year later, Kelly is nearly useless, having lost respect among staffers and exerting little control over Trump's impulsive agenda, decisions, and tweeting. "Today we celebrate his first full year as @WhiteHouse Chief of Staff!"

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The two strong-willed men clashed repeatedly, with semi-frequent Oval Office shouting matches and speculation that Kelly could quit.

Kelly has improved Trump's White House, his allies say, but his influence is limited by some pretty fundamental differences in temperament and habit - Trump constantly watches Fox News and tweets while Kelly "rarely watches television and doesn't follow Twitter", Politico says.

Kelly has often joked publicly about how working for Trump is the hardest job he's ever had, including those on the battlefield. He's accepted for himself a more circumscribed role, doing his best to ensure Trump has access to all the information he needs to make decisions. It's a one-man show and no one is getting in the way of Trump's delusion that he's nailing it on a daily basis.

A senior administration official confirmed Kelly's announcement, first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

Other reports by Free-Prsite

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