Politico has a report citing many people in and around the White House about John Kelly and how he has become a chief of staff in name only because, as anyone paying attention could have told him, Trump does whatever the hell he wants on a whim and hates to be regimented and controlled, which is pretty much the entire job of the chief of staff. It includes this little nugget of information:
With the president working around his own chief, keeping Trump on task has proved a challenge. Trump now adds to his daily schedule in a black appointment book, jotting down meetings he schedules the day of with the help of his personal aide, Madeline Westerhout. A White House spokeswoman said Westerhout coordinates those meetings with the chief of staff’s office.
Kelly has done away with “meeting crashers,” the West Wing aides who showed up for meetings uninvited, according to a White House aide, but he has not been able to curb Trump’s practice of adding and subtracting advisers to meetings throughout the day or of turning scheduled gatherings into freewheeling discussions of subjects that suit his interests — including those suggested to him by his coterie of outside advisers, including Fox News host Sean Hannity.“He comes down for the day, and whatever he saw on ‘Fox and Friends,’ he schedules meetings based on that,” said one former White House official. “If it’s Iran, it’s ‘Get John Bolton down here!’ … If he’s seen something on TV or [was] talking to Hannity the night before, he’s got lots of flexibility to do whatever he wants to do.”
Think about this for a moment. He gets up in the morning and watches Fox and Friends and those three clueless bobbleheads — Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade and Ainsley Earhardt — help determine the president’s daily agenda. That is frightening. Those three mannequins couldn’t organize a Chinese fire drill without messing it up. They don’t have the collective IQ of a pot roast. But they’ve got massive influence over the commander of the most powerful military the world has ever seen. Yay….America….We’re #1. We’re #1. We’re #1.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a date with a bottle of tequila.