The introduction of John Kelly to the White House inner circle, to serve as chief of staff was supposed to tighten the reins and bring control and decorum to what has been months of free-wheeling lunacy.
Indeed, very little of what has come from the Trump administration resembles a serious presidential outfit.
Kelly’s plan was to restrict access to the Oval Office, controlling who was getting in Trump’s ear at what time, and even monitoring his social media time.
Unfortunately, reports are that Trump balked at having any controls put on his Twitter rants, and it was back to business as usual.
On Tuesday, as Trump gave a rambling, angry speech, raging over the coverage of the events in Charlottesville, Virginia this past weekend, it was a total off-script moment.
Trump was roundly criticized for not speaking more forcefully against the white nationalists during the Saturday “Unite the Right” rally. His comments, noting that there was violence on “many sides,” was another off-script moment, as it was later revealed that he had prepared statements, but chose not to use them.
On Monday, he gave an apparently forced statement, reading from a teleprompter and calling out the KKK, white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and everyone he should have pegged on Saturday.
By Tuesday, however, he couldn’t help himself, and he went far off the rails, again. Giving a combative, wild presser, where he even complimented the white nationalists, by saying there were “fine people” on both sides.
It was meant to be a speech about infrastructure, and then…
John Kelly was in attendance, and many could not help but notice that the former general would probably have preferred to be back in Iraq, based on his facial expression and body language.
John Kelly during the President's Q and A at Trump Tower pic.twitter.com/vxR3hTUqe3
— Kristin Donnelly (@kristindonnelly) August 15, 2017
That’s a man who feels his mission is in peril.
One other user decided to give Kelly the gif treatment.
— Rob Dubbin (@robdubbin) August 15, 2017
We feel your pain, Mr. Kelly.