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Kurtz: Why the machine General Kelly welcomed stopped
‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz weighs on why the press John Kelly has turned with a vengeance.
The press has.to John Kelly with a vengeance
There is little doubt that the President is the commander-in-chief of the handling of the Rob Porter mess. But what is happening now in the media goes deeper than that.
Kelly was in a wave of positive press, when he accepted the job, with stories that proclaim that the four-star general, to knock the heads together in the White house.
As I recount in my book “media madness,” the New York Times New Chief of Staff said in the letter about a “dysfunctional” White house “Seen as a beacon of discipline.” The Washington Post describes the “wobble” management to a “low point,” said “John Kelly Brings a Plain-Spoken discipline to an Often Chaotic West Wing.”
Trump has his new top aide, more than his predecessor, Reince Priebus, and things seemed to stabilize, as more officials were sent into exile, and outside consultants found that their access is restricted.
But in the case of Porter, Kelly, ally pushed out of his job after horrific allegations of physical abuse by two ex-wives, the floodgates opened.
It looks like Kelly’s job is in danger, despite reports in the press that he has told others that he is ready to withdraw. But as a well-connected source told me that it is not a coincidence if the names of the possible replacements such as Mick Mulvaney sponge to the press.
Kelly Anne Conway, said Jake Tapper of CNN’s “state of the Union” on Sunday that the President said to her: “Please tell Jake, I have full confidence in the Chief of Staff, John Kelly, and I’m not actively looking for a replacement.” (Some of the experts in question Conway asked about, but who is a better source, whether Trump is planning to make a move?)
What is striking in the current report, that it is not just a negative review of Kelly’s political skills, but some experts are faulting him for the common use of the hard-line views Trump any questions—as if that would be a surprise in the chief of staff.
A series of stories called Kelly’s recently complained that a number of potential DACA beneficiaries.among the latest of trump’s proposal, were “too scared” “too lazy to get off their Asses” and apply
The even-handed Dan Balz says in his Washington Post column, seems to have in the Porter case, “Kelly, put his emphasis on competence and smooth running of the White house, a good judgment of how to deal with something as serious as domestic violence. It was not the first time Kelly has said or done things that lacked either good judgment or political sensitivity.
“Kelly served admirably in the military, and these services are always a part of his biography. But the differences between the military and the civilian role in the White house have caused him problems. As chief of staff, he has shown the various blind spots that have led to compromise in other controversies, of mistakenly attacking a woman, the member of Congress to suggest that the civil war was caused by a bug.”
Another Post piece describes what happens when Kelly issued a statement praising Porter’s integrity, and the other saying he was “shocked” by the allegations—he told his employees that he has become, without undue delay, after learning the full extent of the ex-wives’ accounts. An unnamed official told the paper, “that the people after the meeting, expressed disbelief with another and not felt his latest account was true.” The Post noted that Kelly “for the first time about the domestic violence allegations against Porter a few months ago.”
The New York Times uses a similar theme, adding a hefty dose of chaos:
“Two West Wing adviser and a third person painted a picture of a White house staff rived and confused, and shows with the Finger in all directions and the President’s private expression of dissatisfaction with Mr. Kelly …
“And many, including the President himself, claim your anger to Mr Kelly for vouching for Mr. Porter’s character and falsely, that he had moved aggressively to oust him as soon as his misdeeds were discovered.”
What blaspheme, the extent of the White house, the press in General, to used stories such as the Porter-saga-to-point fingers at the Trump, and to revive the campaign, accusations of harassment against him.
But the President is of the view was fair game, as he told reporters that Porter had done a great job and then tweeted is broken, life to the benefit of the “due process”: “peoples [sic] and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false. … There is no cure for someone falsely accused,–life and career are gone.”
Axios reported yesterday that behind closed doors, “the President has repeatedly told people that he believes that the allegations of Porter, and finds him ‘sick.’
“Four sources who have spoken directly with the Trump tell me that his private comments about ex-Porter, aide— whose two ex-accused women, violent attacks have been brutal.
“But his public comments do not reflect that at all.”
For Kelly, who spends no little time wooing the press, I think that he cares much for his own cover. And in our build- ‘ em-up/tear-’em-down political culture, it was probably inevitable that the press would stop, greeted the general.
Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and host of “MediaBuzz” (Sundays 11 p.m.). He is the author of five books and has its headquarters in Washington. You can follow him at @Howard Kurtz. Click here for more information on Howard Kurtz.