Confronted with a West Wing that treated policymaking as a free-for-all, President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, John Kelly, is instituting a system used by previous administrations to limit internal competition — and to make himself the last word on the material that crosses the president’s desk.Rest assured that the General is not going to allow Trump to see any alternative news media articles.
It’s a quiet effort to make Trump conform to White House decision-making norms he’s flouted without making him feel shackled or out of the loop. In a conference call last week, Kelly initiated a new policymaking process in which just he and one other aide — White House staff secretary Rob Porter, a little-known but highly regarded Rhodes scholar who overlapped with Jared Kushner as an undergraduate at Harvard — will review all documents that cross the Resolute desk.
The new system, laid out in two memos co-authored by Kelly and Porter and distributed to Cabinet members and White House staffers in recent days, is designed to ensure that the president won’t see any external policy documents, internal policy memos, agency reports and even news articles that haven’t been vetted.
Here are four workarounds the general public can use to get alternative news to Trump.
The first is to tweet articles and headlines directly to him. We know he spends some time reading his twitter feed.
Secondly, it is believed that Donald Trump Jr. is the most sympathetic, of the president's children, to the conservative perspective. He should also be tweeted articles and headlines. He can get them to the President
Third, the same effort should be aimed at the First Lady. Remember:
“In February, the president was spotted with a printed copy of a GotNews article in the Oval Office. The article, which claimed to pinpoint a source of leaks from within the West Wing, was shown to him by his wife, according to one person with knowledge of the encounter—first reported by Politico—who did not know how the first lady had come across it,” the New York Times reported.Finally, it appears that Senator Rand Paul has a good relationship with the President. We should press the Senator to deliver messages and information to Trump that he would not otherwise see because of the General Kelly news vetting process.
Since the President does not appear to have any foundational compass, it is possible that if we get the right news item in front of him, he might, on a particular issue, move against the establishment