- According to a new book on the Trump administration, the former White House chief of staff said the most important advice he gave to the president was not to tweet.
- "No. Don't tweet that." Said Kelly, according to Axios in the book. "Don't change your policies on this. No, no, no."
- Jonathan Karl, ABC chief correspondent in Washington, reports that in his book reports that Kelly "has agreed to allow me to quote these and other previously confidential comments he made as chief of staff".
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Former White House chief of staff John Kelly allows some of the Trump administration's internal workings to be disclosed in an upcoming book by Washington's ABC chief correspondent, Jonathan Karl, including the "key" measures he has taken for President Donald Trump.
After one Axios The report, Karl's upcoming book, Front Row at the Trump Show, describes how Kelly directed traffic for White House employees and regulated the President's Twitter feed. Kelly recalled in the book that the most important piece of advice he gave Trump was not to tweet.
"No. Don't tweet that." Said Kelly, according to Axios in the book. "Don't change your policies on this. No, no, no."
Trump chose Kelly after the then chief of staff, Reince Priebus, was fired in July 2017. As a former General of the Marine Corps, Kelly has long been seen as an option to bring order to a chaotic west wing.
Upon his arrival, Kelly drastically restricted White House employees' unrestricted access to Trump. This move reportedly included members of the President's own family – his son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner, and his daughter and senior advisor Ivanka Trump.
Karl notes in the book that Kelly "agreed to allow me to quote this and other previously confidential comments he made as chief of staff," a move other Marine Corps generals previously made on Trump's staff, including former Defense Secretary James Mattis, declined out of respect for the President's office.
Kelly tried to regulate Trump's discussions, including phone calls to world leaders, to prevent sensitive information from spreading, news reports say. Trump often tweets his thoughts to the world, often before federal agencies can make their own official statements.
Kelly was fired without further ado in December 2018, months after his relationship with the president was said to have become sour. Trump went on to publicly reduce Kelly's tenure after the former general criticized the politics and behavior of the president.
"When I quit John Kelly, which I couldn't do quickly enough, he knew he was well above his head," said Trump tweeted in February. "Being chief of staff was just not for him. He came in with a bang, went out with a whimper, but like so many X's he misses the action and just can't keep his mouth shut."
Karl's book will be available on March 31.