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"White House under John Kelly is not so calm and competent after all" ....

Posted By: Stimer
Date: Saturday - February 10,2018 08:03

Source: Dan Balz - The Washington Post

"When John Kelly replaced Reince Priebus as White House chief of staff, one question he faced was the choice of managing down or managing up: bringing discipline to a chaotic and feuding staff operation or trying to tame an uncontrollable boss. This week it became evident he’s done neither successfully."

"Kelly made his bet early. There was little he could do to change President Trump. This president, more than others in the past, operates outside of traditional boundaries. His impulses are rarely in check and often he acts on his worst instincts. He makes life difficult for those who serve him. What’s a chief of staff, even a retired four-star Marine general, to do about that?"

"Kelly decided to manage down, to focus where he thought his talents could best be utilized. He earned plaudits for reducing the staff infighting and bringing some semblance of order to a White House where an open door to the Oval Office symbolized a table of organization with no clear lines of authority."

"Instead of a White House seen from the outside as a real-life 'Game of Thrones,' with characters in primary colors clashing behind a cascade of leaks and anonymous quotes, the White House under Kelly’s guidance projected a far less flamboyant personality. That was in part because of new processes he put in place and in part because of the departure of some senior officials who delighted in all the palace intrigue."

"If the fundamental behavior of the president did not change, allies of the administration comforted themselves into believing that a somewhat calmer White House was a more competent White House. However, the changeover to Kelly’s regime appears to have instead substituted one set of problems for another, as this past week demonstrated."


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