No, the picture below does not depict a video game and make you think that anything, at least outside of the Washington “Welcome to Palm Beach” logo, could possibly justify Trump White House Chief of Staff John Kelly’s role as spokesman. That’s not going to happen.
In the photo, the person holding the paddle has absolutely no bearing on this story — but one interpretation is that this person could be the closest relative to a commander in chief known to be missing the handlebars of his motorcade car. Just look at the haphazard mess of seeing dozens of law enforcement, White House, Air Force and other military helicopters congregate over a single secure location. Seems problematic if you’re an avid Dr. Who fan.
Kelly has shown some flashes of fear and dismay (or surprise?), but so far, none of them come close to suggesting that a crisis situation was headed our way. In fact, he’s sounded like he was having the time of his life during the past week, admitting that the president was having “the best golf week of his life,” what with hanging out with golf clubs and all.
Kelly’s new role is unique. He’s going to have to juggle some pretty heavy weapons — pretty heavy up on the vice president’s chair — while simultaneously dealing with a whole lot of stuff coming out of the press office. I’ve learned that the pressure of this position is greater than the previous press secretary role and I don’t doubt that he enjoys himself. However, how well a busy chief of staff will be able to handle all of this situation of his own making remains to be seen.
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You may not have heard about the America First Strategic Initiative before, but the purpose of the whole thing was to create a deterrent for rival powers, including China and Russia. The practicality of a deterrent to an ally nation — which, in this case, is the United States — is of the utmost importance, but so is the effect on the neighboring nation concerned.
The Obama administration was a bit confused about what approach to take with China when they were taking assertive measures in the South China Sea. At first the administration seemed to be focusing more on what was going on off of China’s coast as opposed to what was happening inside of the country. It was hard to gauge the effectiveness of the interim strategy that was being implemented.
Chief of Staff John Kelly has a lot of work ahead of him trying to smooth the waters in the Asia-Pacific region. And it doesn’t appear that he’s confident that the policies that were being carried out before would have been enough to come up with a clear strategy.
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I do hope that someone can find a way to enshrine the letters signed by the past administration — “TMDF” — in a far more prominent place in the East Wing. Maybe a plaque? A long window?
Finally, if it were up to me, I’d put the last two people to draw attention to their looks, former White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter and Jennifer Willoughby, in the White House press briefing room alongside reporters asking questions. That would really be in-character and really set a tone.