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White House staff, most of whom were in the dark about Trump's planned tariffs announcement, are referring to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, the victor in the policy coup, as "Chief Ross."
Their reasoning: Based on what happened on trade, the 80-year-old Ross looks more in charge than White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.
P.S. Paragraph du jour, from N.Y. Times' Mark Landler and Maggie Haberman:
- "Privately, some aides have expressed frustration that Mr. Kushner and his wife, the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump, have remained at the White House, despite Mr. Trump at times saying they never should have come to the White House and should leave. Yet aides also noted that Mr. Trump has told the couple that they should keep serving in their roles, even as he has privately asked Mr. Kelly for his help in moving them out."