President Donald Trump’s White House has more closely resembled an exclusive club of whiny children than a presidential administration – that’s why General John Kelly was brought in to replace Reince Priebus and whip the Trump White House into shape.
Well, General Kelly, you tried.
Kelly has served as the White House chief of staff for about a week and yet he’s just another voice on Trump’s shoulder for him to ignore, which is why we’re now reading daily about the prospects of nuclear war with North Korea.
President Trump responded to North Korea’s latest muscle flexing with a threat that the United States would unleash a “fire and fury” the likes of which the world had never seen, prompting even the communist regime to call Trump “belligerent” and “bereft of reason.”
Unsurprisingly, none of the president’s aides were aware that he’d make such a bold and reckless statement as the official White House response.
That’s on you, General Kelly.
The president made a wise decision putting Kelly in charge of his White House, and it was generally expected that the general would use his no-nonsense, cut-and-dry military efficiency to rein in the president and his gang of loud mouths.
Kelly got rid of Trump’s latest caricature of a White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci and replaced an obviously vindictive Priebus, but now it seems Trump is bored if the world isn’t constantly on edge wondering what dangerous thing he’ll do next.
If Kelly can’t rein Trump in and convince him to think before he talks, tweets or threatens nuclear war, then perhaps no one can.
Clearly it’s not a matter of staff or spokesmen or directors of this and that – the problem is the man himself, Donald Trump. Congress can confirm every new replacement and appointment Trump makes but nothing will make a difference until Trump is replaced.