President Trump has sometimes summoned White House employees to his private residence at night to change the tasks badigned to him by Chief of Staff John Kelly, and then tells them not to let him know, an attorney said. report on Sunday.
The president also circumvents the order and discipline that Kelly has tried to impose on the west wing by preventing the regular scheduling of phone calls between staff and advisors that give Kelly control over the information it receives, the Wall reported. Street Journal.
Friends of the president who forms an informal group of trusted advisors outside the White House has even resorted to the use of First Lady Melania Trump to send messages directly to the commander-in-chief.
"If I do not want to wait 24 hours for a call from the president, getting to Melania is much easier," said one person.
A spokeswoman for the first lady dismissed the report as "false news."
"These are more false news and these are more anonymous sources selling things that are simply not true." The First Lady focuses on her own work in the east wing, "said the spokeswoman.
The White House declined to comment.
Since being named chief of staff in July, Kelly has said that his job is not to control the president, but to give a sense of order to the White House.
"I was not taken to this job to control anything other than the flow of information to our president so that he can make the best decisions," he said. an interview in October
Kelly, a retired general of the Marine Corps, has put an end to Trump's friends who have telephone calls connected to the Oval Office and now requires them to make an appointment.
He also stopped White House aides simply by entering the office to talk to the president about anything they have in mind.
But a Trump confidant says the president has developed "solutions" to circumvent Kelly's rules, the newspaper reported.
"John has succeeded in putting in place a stronger chain of command in the White House, which requires people to review it to get to the Oval Office," Leon Panetta, chief of the Wall Street Journal, told the Wall Street Journal. Cabinet of the White House under President Clinton, who knows Kelly. "The problem has always been if the president is going to accept better discipline in the way he operates.
He has had less success in that."
The report says that Kelly has led the White House operations that frees Trump will focus on his agenda.
"All this is inevitable," a person close to Trump told the newspaper. "It's not that Mr. Kelly is wrong, we all know he is terribly competent."
As for Trump's tweets, Kelly has told employees not to be influenced by them.
And the two men seem to have reached an understanding about the extent of their relationship.
"Kelly is too general, and Trump is too Trump," a White House official told the newspaper, adding that the president holds his chief of staff in high esteem. 19659002]