Trump’s Chief of Staff: “I Do Not Follow The Tweets”

Trump’s Chief of Staff: “I Do Not Follow The Tweets”

John Kelly, White House chief of staff, informed reporters on Sunday that he doesn’t keep up with what President Trump is tweeting.

“Someone, I read the other day, said we all just react to the tweets,” stated Kelly. “We don’t. I don’t. I don’t allow the staff to. We know what we’re doing.”

“Believe it or not,” he added, “I do not follow the tweets.”

 

Chief of Staff John Kelly says that he doesn't follow Trump's tweets
John Kelly | PC: U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Wikimedia Commons

 

According to The Los Angeles Times, Kelly continued by explaining, “I find out about them. But for our purposes, my purpose, is we make sure the president is briefed up on what he’s about to do.”

When asked if he or the rest of the staff ever considered the tweets when creating policy, Kelly was quick to shoot the idea down. “We develop policy in the normal traditional staff way,” he explained. He concluded that Trump’s tweets “are what they are.”

 

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This explanation comes as a response to President Trump tweeting about being called “old” by Kim Jong Un, the North Korean dictator. “Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me ‘old,’ when I would NEVER call him ‘short and fat?’” asked Trump. “Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend – and maybe someday that will happen!”

 

 

What did Kellyanne Conway have to say about the tweet?

 

Although Kelly explained that he doesn’t actually keep up with the tweets, others in Trump’s circle lept to his defense. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway defended the barb Trump aimed at Kim Jong Un because the dictator “insulted him first.”

“I think that that was the President just responding the way he does to somebody who insulted him first,” she responded when pressed for her opinion on whether or not the name calling was acceptable.

 

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Conway was quick to shift the conversation to the from the content on Trump’s Twitter feed to the content of Trump’s trip. “What’s helpful in full context is a 13-day trip where the President is very focused on global security and combating terrorism and most importantly, containing a nuclearized North Korea,” she pointed out. “It’s been an incredibly successful and inspiring trip for those who care about North Korea not being nuclearized.”

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