Very Tired-Sounding John Kelly: Yeah, I Just Ignore Donald Trump's Tweets

Photo: AP
Photo: AP

Hey! You know that that awful Twitter account run by the president? Yeah, the incredibly ominous one that’s managed to overshadow even the day-to-day chaos of his administration and might one day lead us to nuclear war?

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The one he used to thirstily neg North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un this weekend, for some reason?

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Right, that one.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly just ignores it, he told reporters on Sunday.

“Someone, I read the other day, said we all just react to the tweets,” Kelly said, per the Los Angeles Times. “We don’t.”

“I don’t,” Kelly added. “I don’t allow the staff to.”

“We know what we’re doing,” he continued. “... 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 president is briefed up on what he’s about to do.”

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“They are what they are,” Kelly concluded, before saying the White House develops policy in the “normal traditional staff way” rather than via presidential Twitter decree.

Not paying attention to Donald Trump’s tweets is a luxury all of us wish we could indulge in more often! But the White House has been clear whatever he posts constitutes official statements. So perhaps Kelly could come back on down to reality town, where there are real consequences whenever the guy decides to take his 280 characters out for a spin.

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[L.A. Times]

"... An upperclassman who had been researching terrorist groups online." - Washington Post

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Hi! I’m John Kelly. I’m such a good chief of staff that I don’t read my boss’s directives or memos. I know he’s got the brain of a turnip, so I just go about advancing the cause of white supremacy, because some very fine people wanted to maintain a Christian theocracy and some mean people up North wouldn’t compromise and let us enslave, torture and kill darker-colored people for economic gain and social dominance. Please admire me for the hero I’m supposed to portray.