"If ObamaCare is hurting people, & it is, why shouldn't it hurt the insurance companies & why should Congress not be paying what public pays?" he wrote. Maybe there is something about John Kelly's gravitas that will compel Trump to behave like a president should.
First President Trump hired Reince Priebus to be his chief of staff but began undermining Priebus' authority out of the gate.
Kelly's diagnosis makes perfect sense, but others have tried and failed to tame Trump by monitoring his media diet.
I have to believe that Kelly has a tipping point, and that resignation on principle is an option he'd consider.
When I became White House chief of staff in 1994, President Bill Clinton was concerned about some of the same difficulties confronting this president - too little discipline, competing centers of power, a weak chain of command, haphazard access to the Oval Office, leaks and a lack of focus on a unified message or priorities. A crisis will come, be it from North Korea or China or Russia or Iran, and all indications from these early days of Trump's presidency are that we will be ill-equipped to deal with it.
Finding order from chaos on the battlefield is what good commanders do, as one Trump insider put it to me. In fact, you would have to go back to Andrew Johnson in 1865 to find a president as isolated as Trump, said Michael T. Corgan, a U.S. presidency scholar at Boston University.
First up is Texas Republican Congressman Mike McCaul, who currently serves as chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security. Kelly has to know it's only a matter of time until Trump tests him thuggishly, too. And who hasn't noticed the results? "I like people who weren't captured".
Kelly, 67, is a retired Marine Corps general whose brief tenure at Homeland Security was marked by moves to strengthen immigration enforcement.
Two things about that idiom give me the willies. Donald Trump is 71 years old. Do with me as you wish. Nor is he a party man loyally serving a president to benefit his party. "It is hard to imagine a policy that would do more damage to long-term economic growth". Trump gets pleasure from humiliating people.
And now, a word about the latest twist in the Trump-Russia story that greeted Kelly.
Trump has made loyalty kinky.
Kelly told the staff that information needed to flow through him - whether on paper or in briefings - because the president would make better decisions if given good information.