Trump’s Chief of Staff on Trump’s Tweets: ‘They Are What They Are’
PJ Media ^ | 11-13-2017 | Michael van der Galien
Posted on 11/13/2017, 12:12:09 PM by Michael van der Galien
Several hours after Donald Trump created an international controversy by calling North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un “short and fat” on Twitter, Trump’s Chief of Staff John Kelly said he doesn’t allow his aides and staffers to react to the president’s tweets.
Kelly told a group of reporters in Vietnam:
“Someone, I read the other day, said we all just react to the tweets. We don’t. I don’t. I don’t allow the staff to. We know what we’re doing. Believe it or not, I do not follow the tweets. I find out about them but for our purposes, my purpose, is we make sure the presidents is briefed up on what he’s about to do.”
“They are what they are,” Kelly went on, after which he denied that Trump’s tweets have an effect on America’s foreign policy. “We develop policy in the normal traditional staff way,” he said, not based on the president’s angry tweets.
Although the media seem to believe that Trump’s tweets have real-world repercussions, Kelly understands that their effect is greatly exaggerated. The fact of the matter is that most countries and foreign leaders act in their own interests. They may not be pleased when Trump insults them on Twitter, but it doesn’t influence their foreign policy strategy nor their relationship with the U.S. Their goals remain the same. Perhaps they change their tactics, but they won’t alter their end goals.
That’s why Kelly’s statements to journalists traveling with the president’s entourage to Asia make perfect sense…
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