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BY: Paul Crookston
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said Thursday that his job is not to "control" President Donald Trump, attempting to undercut a common media talking point.
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Kelly took issue with the notion that he is a "failure" for not controlling Trump's frequent tweeting, which has not stopped during his tenure as chief of staff. Instead, Kelly described his job as controlling how the White House brings information to Trump, and he praised the president's ability to make the best decisions.
"It's funny, I read in the paper—you all know, you write it—that I have been a failure at controlling the president or a failure at controlling his tweeting and all that," Kelly said. "I was not brought to this job to control anything but the flow of information to our president so that he can make the best decisions."
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"I have found that Mr. Trump, from the day I met him, he is a decisive guy, he is a very thoughtful man," Kelly added. "He takes information in from every avenue he can receive it."
Kelly argued that it is wrong to measure his effectiveness by Trump's tweeting or any similar subjective criteria.
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