A running joke among political pundits on both the right and the left has been that new Chief of Staff, John Kelly took the President’s phone from him on several occasions. While it may seem like only a joke, new reports coming from sources close to Trump indicate that it actually may be true. Not only that, but according to the Washington Post the President is reportedly on a collision course with the former general.
Yesterday we reported that some of those on the right believe that the presidency is in the midst of a coup and that Trump is effectively on house arrest, thanks in part to H.R. McMaster and John Kelly. Last night, a new report surfaced by the Washington Post indicating that the President is not getting along with Kelly at all, and that Kelly’s strict order within the White House has forced the President to sneak around behind his chief of staff’s back. I know it sounds like Trump is really a teenage girl disobeying his parents rather than the President of the most powerful nation on the planet, right?
According to The Washington Post, sources close to the President have stated that he may be on a collision course with John Kelly, and that he is used to a more spontaneous structure, rather than the rigid structure currently seen within the White House. Sources also concluded that Kelly is ‘morally superior’ to the President in many ways.
“He’s having a very hard time,” one friend who spoke with Trump this week said of the president. “He doesn’t like the way the media’s handling him. He doesn’t like how Kelly’s handling him. He’s turning on people that are very close to him.”
According to multiple sources who spoke to the Washington Post on the condition of anonymity, despite Kelly’s rigid structure, Trump continues to call friends and outside advisers from his personal phone when Kelly is not around. This includes former chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon.
While those speaking with the Post indicated that Trump clearly is not pleased with Kelly’s changes within the White House, they also caution that such displeasure does not necessarily mean Trump is about to fire him. In the past, Trump has vented about employees, but ultimately those individuals kept their jobs. It may be more bluster than it is bite. What do you think? Is Trump ready to relieve Kelly of his duties? Discuss in the comments section below.