Kelly Smacks Down Idea That Trump’s Tweets Make Life More ‘Difficult’

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Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent
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White House chief of staff John Kelly denied that President Donald Trump’s morning tweets make his job more difficult in a brief conversation with CNN Thursday morning.

The comments follow an about face by the president on the issue of FISA warrants and a critical national security vote in the U.S. Congress. The Trump administration issued a late Wednesday statement endorsing renewal of FISA warrant authorities which was thrown into confusion after the president appeared to express disapproval of it in a Thursday morning tweet.

The president then followed up with another tweet after widespread confusion amongst republican lawmakers saying he endorsed FISA’s continued authorities.

Kelly in the past has downplayed the impact of the president’s frequent tweets on his ability to do his job telling the LATimes in November 2017 “believe it or not, I do not follow the tweets,” adding that he also does not allow his staff to do so.

The White House chief of staff elaborated that “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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