White House chief of staff John Kelly has taken a drastic move in the White House to try to bring some balance to the kinds of stories Trump has been seeing.
It’s no secret that Trump favors extreme right wing news sources over the traditional media outlets. After all, one of his main advisors was heavily connected to one of the biggest ones of all, Breitbart News.
In the past, Trump has been especially protective of Fox News in its various forms.
At one point, Fox News host Jeanine Pirro came to Trump Jr.’s defense on her show, “Justice with Judge Jeanine.”
“As someone who’s run for office five times, if the devil called me and said he wanted to set up a meeting to give me opposition research on my opponent, I’d be on the first trolley to Hell to get it,” Pirro stated.
“And any politician who tells you otherwise is a bald-faced liar.”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 16, 2017
Fox & Friends has been another show that seems to constantly come to his defense, and they’re one that he seems to watch very often.
What’s Happening Now:
White House chief of staff John Kelly has seen this alarming trend, and has stepped in to try to take a little bit of the bias out of his sources.
From The Hill:
Kelly has restricted what information ends up in Trump’s daily digest of articles. Because Trump does not have an Internet browser on his phone and doesn’t use a computer, he relies on hard copies of news articles.
But after a few weeks of Kelly in the chief of staff role, Trump reportedly complained to a friend about the lack of articles from right-wing websites like Breitbart and The Daily Caller, according to The Times.
Kelly, however, hasn’t been able to stop Trump from continuously watching Fox News. White House aides told The Times that Fox News is Trump’s main source of information.
Soon after Kelly took the chief of staff job, reports indicated that he was vetting everything Trump sees before it gets to him, as well as restricting visits with Trump in the Oval Office.
But Trump has reportedly been growing frustrated with Kelly for implementing those tighter restrictions.
“He’s having a very hard time,” a friend of Trump’s told The Washington Post. “He doesn’t like the way the media’s handling him. He doesn’t like how Kelly’s handling him. He’s turning on people that are very close to him.”
Turning on people that are close to him? Maybe that’s why his cabinet is fracturing.
Ironically, he attacked Obama for losing key members in his administration.
“3 Chief of Staffs in less than 3 years of being President: Part of the reason why @BarackObama can’t manage to pass his agenda,” Trump tweeted.
3 Chief of Staffs in less than 3 years of being President: Part of the reason why @BarackObama can’t manage to pass his agenda.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 10, 2012
Oh, how the tables have turned…
H/T: The Hill