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Report: Trump Finding Loopholes to Work Around Kelly

Report: Trump Finding Loopholes to Work Around Kelly
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By    |   Sunday, 03 December 2017 04:30 PM

President Donald Trump is finding loopholes to get around chief of staff John Kelly's strict protocols, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.

According to the Journal, Trump has on occasion called White House aides to the private residence in the evening to give them assignments — and asks them not to tell Kelly.

He also has sometimes bypassed normal scheduling for phone calls to informal advisers — and some friends call First Lady Melania Trump to ask her to pass along messages, the article explained, citing unnamed sources.

"If I don't want to wait 24 hours for a call from the president, getting to Melania is much easier," one unnamed source told the Journal.

A spokeswoman for the first lady denied the claim.

Kelly has described his job as one to control the White House below the president, rather than the president himself, but Trump's "workarounds" shows the limits of his chief of staff's approach, the Journal reported.

"John has been successful at putting in place a stronger chain of command in the White House, requiring people to go through him to get to the Oval Office," Leon Panetta, a White House chief of staff under President Bill Clinton who worked with Kelly, told the Journal.

"The problem has always been whether or not the president is going to accept better discipline in the way he operates. He's been less successful at that," he added.

Still the end-arounds haven't hurt the relationship between Trump and Kelly, the Journal reported.

"This is all just inevitable," one unnamed source said. "It's not that Mr. Kelly is wrong — we all know he's terribly competent."

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