'No. Don't tweet that': The most important advice Trump received was not to tweet, former chief of staff John Kelly says

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  • According to a new book on the Trump administration, former
    White House chief of staff said the most important advice he gave
    to the president was not to tweet.
  • “No. Don’t tweet that. No,” Kelly said in the book, according
    to Axios. “Don’t change your policy on that. No, no, no.”
  • ABC chief Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl reportedly
    notes in his book that Kelly “agreed to allow me to quote this and
    other previously off-the-record remarks he made while he was chief
    of staff.”
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Former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is allowing the
disclosure of some of the inner workings of the Trump
administration in an upcoming book by ABC chief Washington
correspondent Jonathan Karl, including the “most important” action
he took for President Donald Trump.

According to an
Axios
report, Karl’s upcoming book, “Front Row at the Trump
Show,” details how Kelly directed the traffic for the White House
staff and regulated the president’s Twitter feed. Kelly recalled in
the book that the most important piece of advice he gave to Trump
was not to tweet.

“No. Don’t tweet that. No,” Kelly said in the book, according to
Axios. “Don’t change your policy on that. No, no, no.”

Trump selected Kelly after then-Chief of Staff Reince Priebus
was ousted in July 2017. As a former Marine Corps general, Kelly
was long viewed as a choice to bring order to what had been a
chaotic West Wing.

Upon his arrival, Kelly drastically limited the White House
staff’s unfettered access to Trump, a move that reportedly included
members of the president’s own family — his son-in-law and senior
adviser, Jared Kushner, and his daughter and senior adviser, Ivanka
Trump.

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Karl notes in the book that Kelly “agreed to allow me to quote
this and other previously off-the-record remarks he made while he
was chief of staff,” a move that other Marine Corps generals
previously on Trump’s staff, including former Defense Secretary
James Mattis, declined to do out of respect for the office of the
presidency.

Kelly attempted to regulate Trump’s discussions, including phone
calls with world leaders, to prevent broaching sensitive
information, according to
news reports
. Trump frequently delivers his musings to the
world via tweet, often before federal agencies can announce their
own official statements.

Kelly was unceremoniously fired in December 2018, months after
his relationship with the president reportedly grew sour. Trump
went on to disparage Kelly’s tenure after the former general
publicly
criticized
the president’s policies and demeanor.

“When I terminated John Kelly, which I couldn’t do fast enough,
he knew full well that he was way over his head,” Trump
tweeted
in February. “Being Chief of Staff just wasn’t for him.
He came in with a bang, went out with a whimper, but like so many
X’s, he misses the action & just can’t keep his mouth
shut.”

Karl’s book is available on March 31.


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'No. Don't tweet that': The most important advice Trump received was not to tweet, former chief of staff John Kelly says