The Jury Talks Back


Report: Trump “Pissed” That Kelly Tried To Control His Twitter Account

Filed under: Uncategorized — Patterico @ 9:00 am

Washington Examiner:

But while the president has offered Kelly a level of control Priebus never managed to obtain, Trump has resisted giving his new chief of staff veto power over the spontaneous and provocative tweets that often serve as a distraction for his administration.

A series of news reports suggesting Kelly had sought oversight of Trump’s Twitter account, including a report that claimed Kelly wanted to know in advance what the president planned to post, made their way to Trump’s desk last week, a person familiar with the situation told the Washington Examiner.

Trump “was pissed when he read Kelly wanted to control his Twitter feed,” the person said.

Stories about palace intrigue based on anonymous sources are suspect right out of the gate. But they do provide data points with which to analyze the nature of the warring factions. This story takes care to note that Kelly was authorized to fire anyone except “Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Kellyanne Conway, and chief strategist Steve Bannon.” It’s not unreasonable to assume that the source is connected to one of those three camps, and using this leak to push back at Kelly’s restriction of their access to Trump.

In any event, if Kelly isn’t trying to control Trump’s Twitter usage, I’d be surprised — just as I’d be surprised if Trump didn’t resist such a move. As I have noted previously, it’s not a good look to be endlessly tweeting like a jackass about issues of personal pique, while the American people continue to suffer from your stalled legislative agenda. But Trump doesn’t seem to care about any of that.

In the end, the notion that Kelly is going to bring discipline to Trump is fanciful. We all knew it, but I guess it makes for a cute little side drama.

Ah, well. Maybe Kelly can at least help stop Trump from talking us into nuclear war. If he can perform even that one small service, maybe the change will have been worth it.

[Cross-posted at RedState.]


  1. Here is a report that isn’t based on anonymous sources:

    The White House social-media director attacked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday for critical comments the Kentucky senator had made about President Donald Trump.

    McConnell said earlier this week that Trump was frustrated with the speed of Congress because the president “has not been in this line of work before.” McConnell also told a Rotary Club meeting in Kentucky that Trump had “excessive expectations” for legislators.

    Trump has thin skin and cares more about what people say about him (and how big his crowds are) than getting results for the American people.

    Comment by DRJ — 8/9/2017 @ 1:41 pm

  2. I’ve long said that the “the Russians tried to help Trump!” story is fake, and this clearly indicates why.

    If the Russians had truly wanted to help Trump win, they’d have hacked his twitter account to make it impossible for him to log in to tweet.

    Comment by Arizona CJ — 8/9/2017 @ 11:00 pm

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