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OORAH: Just One Week On The Job As Chief of Staff, Kelly Makes MAJOR Changes In Protocol

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There’s not a “new sheriff in town” – there’s a new retired four-star general in the White House and apparently, he’s already kicking butts and taking names in an effort to restore some order and process to the upper echelons of the Trump administration.

The Wall Street Journal summarizes Kelly’s new protocol as “Stop bickering, get in early, make an appointment.

To illustrate, the Journal (via Zero Hedgerecounted an anecdote from earlier this week, as a small group of senior officials talked with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office about plans to take on Beijing over intellectual-property theft. When a side debate broke out between two top aides, the new White House chief of staff ordered the pair out of the room.

There’s not a “new sheriff in town” – there’s a new retired four-star general in the White House and apparently, he’s already kicking butts and taking names in an effort to restore some order and process to the upper echelons of the Trump administration.

The Wall Street Journal summarizes Kelly’s new protocol as “Stop bickering, get in early, make an appointment.

To illustrate, the Journal (via Zero Hedgerecounted an anecdote from earlier this week, as a small group of senior officials talked with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office about plans to take on Beijing over intellectual-property theft. When a side debate broke out between two top aides, the new White House chief of staff ordered the pair out of the room.

Aides can no longer simply loiter outside the Oval Office door, trying to catch a moment with the president – nor can they do that outside Kelly’s office either.

And nobody is spared Kelly’s rules — nobody, including son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka Trump or even Steven Bannon. Everyone now reports to Kelly instead of directly to the president.

Most amazingly perhaps is the new protocols may have even managed to reduce Trump’s Twitter usage – although it’s truly too early say.

While the president tweeted less this week, on Thursday morning he criticized Congress’s passage of sanctions against Russia. The message contradicted Vice President Mike Pence, who, two days earlier, said the sanctions bill showed Mr. Trump and Congress were “speaking with a unified voice.”

Unlike the drama that seems to follow Trump everywhere he goes, people who have known Mr. Kelly for years describe his style as no-nonsense. He introduces himself on phone calls and in emails to people he knows simply as “Kelly.” “If you’re in a 10-minute meeting with him, he’ll be quiet for the first nine minutes,” listening before making a decision or a pronouncement, said one person close to him.

“You’re starting to see a different flow, a different discipline,” Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters on Thursday. Mr. Mulvaney said when he has spoken with Mr. Trump by phone this week, the chief of staff has also been on the line. READ MORE @ ALLEN B WEST



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