White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is continuing to “right the ship,” so to speak (even though President Trump publicly hasn’t changed at all), and a new report today says Kelly is cracking down on what information makes it to the President’s desk.
According to Politico, Kelly wants to be “the last word on the material that crosses the president’s desk.”
There have been a few reports about the information Trump receives, and Kelly wants to fix the current system:
In a conference call last week, Kelly initiated a new policymaking process in which just he and one other aide — White House staff secretary Rob Porter, a little-known but highly regarded Rhodes scholar who overlapped with Jared Kushner as an undergraduate at Harvard — will review all documents that cross the Resolute desk.
The new system, laid out in two memos co-authored by Kelly and Porter and distributed to Cabinet members and White House staffers in recent days, is designed to ensure that the president won’t see any external policy documents, internal policy memos, agency reports and even news articles that haven’t been vetted.
Politico describes this as “a reversion to the habits of previous administrations,” and Axios has independently confirmed the report.
In fact, as Axios notes, “Oval Office visitors had no trouble sliding mischievous documents onto the president’s desk”:
Some of these documents were news stories from controversial sources — including one by the internet provocateur Charles Johnson, accusing former deputy chief of staff, Katie Walsh, of leaking.
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