Trump Has Reportedly Found ‘Loopholes’ to Get Around John Kelly’s Protocols

President Trump has been reportedly exploiting “loopholes” in the White House protocols implemented by Chief of Staff John Kelly. A new report from The Wall Street Journal reveals exactly what supposed loopholes Trump has been using:
The president on occasion has called White House aides to the private residence in the evening, where he makes assignments and asks them not tell Mr. Kelly about the plans, according to several people familiar with the matter. At least once, aides have declined to carry out the requested task so as not to run afoul of Mr. Kelly, one of these people said. The president, who values counsel from an informal group of confidants outside the White House, also sometimes bypasses the normal scheduling for phone calls that give other White House staff, including Mr. Kelly, some control and influence over who the president talks to and when.

A lot of the media of Kelly’s tenure in the White House has been about imposing discipline, such as stopping random Oval Office pop-ins and “no more patching through calls from Trump friends outside the White House who wanted to weigh in on the news” And even though the WSJ report says Trump and Kelly have a solid working relationship, the President is still getting around this system to communicate with others. Last month, Kelly rather notably said “Believe it or not, I do not follow the tweets,” referring to the President sounding off on Twitter all the time. [image via screengrab] — — Follow Josh Feldman on Twitter: @feldmaniac

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