Axios Aug 17
John Kelly dismayed by Trump's lack of control
In his third week as White House Chief of Staff, retired Marine four-star general John Kelly is dismayed by Trump's lack of control, per WashPost's Ashley Parker and Bob Costa:
- A Republican operative and unofficial White House adviser: "The Kelly era was a bright, shining interlude between failed attempts to right the Trump presidency and it has now come to a close after a short but glorious run ... Like all people who work for the president, he has since experienced the limits of the president's promises to cooperate in order to ensure the success of the enterprise."
- The chief's changes: "Kelly routes all calls to and from President Trump through the White House switchboard, where he can sign off on them. He stanches the flow of information reaching the president's desk. And he requires that all staff members — including Trump's relatives — go through him to reach the president."