Trump giving staffers secret assignments behind his chief-of-staff’s back: WSJ


ISLAMABAD, Dec 4 (APP):US President Donald Trump is reportedly giving White House staffers assignments by calling them to his residence in the evening and telling them to hide his orders from Chief-of-Staff John Kelly, according to an American newspaper report.
After assigning staffers tasks in private sessions, he tells them to keep his demands from Kelly, several people with knowledge of the interactions told the Wall Street Journal in a report published on Sunday. But staffers not wanting to “run afoul of” Kelly have ignored the president’s requests to stay quiet, the report said.
Kelly, a four-star general, took over as the head of Trump’s team in July with the goal of imposing order in the increasingly tumultuousWjitea House. In a bid to do so, he asserted control over the president’s access to information by filtering which reports make it to the Oval Office. He has also reportedly scaled back the power of Trump’s top aides and limited access to the president. In the past, Trump had an open-door policy that allowed virtually anyone to have a meeting with the president.
According to the report, Kelly has brought some order at the White House by telling staffers there to stop patching through calls from Trump friends outside the administration who want to influence the president.
But Kelly can only keep tabs on Trump during working hours, and the president has often gone rogue when left alone. Although Kelly tells aides to stop putting through calls from Trump’s friends outside the administration who are trying to influence him, the president makes unscheduled and unapproved calls to his confidantes outside the White House so Kelly can’t monitor them, according to the report.
Last week, he retweeted three anti-Muslim videos posted by the far-right nationalist leader of Britain First, Jayda Fransen in the morning. And he is known to fire off erratic tweets in the early morning and on the weekend.
But those who are seeking access to Trump have reportedly found other avenues to contact him, such as reaching out to his wife, Melania.
“If I don’t want to wait 24 hours for a call from the president, getting to Melania is much easier,” a source told the Wall Street Journal.
A spokeswoman for the first lady denied the charges, calling them “more fake news.” “These are more anonymous sources peddling things that just aren’t true. The first lady is focused on her own work in the East Wing,” her spokesperson told the newspaper.