The media today: The John Kelly narrative takes hold

The media today: The John Kelly narrative takes hold

But unlike Ivanka or Jared Kushner, Trump isn't Dad to Kelly. This presidency is extraordinarily unusual in American history, and we can be sure the mistakes made will be unique. Maybe there is something about John Kelly's gravitas that will compel Trump to behave like a president should.

The announcement of Kelly to lead the White House has brought mixed reactions from the media, which has viewed Trump's first six months as chaotic.

Kelly's patriotism inevitably will come into conflict with Trump's narcissism.

"Secretary Perry is focused on the important mission of the Department of Energy". Behind the scenes, Haig convinced Nixon that he couldn't survive an impeachment vote, and persuaded him to resign.

Current and former Trump officials say Trump can react volcanically to negative press clips, especially those with damaging leaks, becoming engrossed in finding out where they originated.

In recent weeks, Congress has moved on a number of fronts to curtail the president's authority.

Like Berman, Korb believes that Trump's proximity to military leaders is undoubtedly influencing the White House. Homan, who recently boasted to the Washington Times that he expects ICE to eventually top the 2012 record for deportations (that's 409,000 people), has been one of Trump's most aggressive anti-immigration advocates, insisting that every single undocumented immigrant in the U.S. "should look over [their] shoulder, and [.] be worried".

No matter that Johnson had been permanently banned from Twitter for harassment or that he offered no concrete evidence or that he had lobbed false accusations in the past and recanted them.

Finding order from chaos on the battlefield is what good commanders do, as one Trump insider put it to me.

Monday, Trump said: "As you know, the border was a tremendous problem and they're close to 80 percent stoppage".

But while Trump's appreciation for loyalty may not immediately signal a shift in how the U.S. government operates, it could easily have an outsized impact on policy-and approach-moving forward.

"You have to start with the idea that Trump won a hostile takeover of the Republican Party by beating 16 other candidates", said former house speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), an informal adviser to Trump.

President Donald Trump walks up the steps of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday.

Now the man who handles everything has a handler. Perhaps Kelly can focus the president on using Twitter to steer and push along a compelling White House message. Instead, I hope Kelly emulates the McCain who, together with Sens. As owner and chief executive of a family company, he didn't have public shareholders or an independent board of directors to review his commands.

In short, this whole line of defense that White House had maintained for weeks was a complete fairy tale, another blatant lie from the perpetual fountain of lies.

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