President Donald Trump will give $1 million in personal money to Harvey storm relief efforts, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at a briefing Thursday.
The former Apprentice co-star-who now serves as the communications director for the Office of Public Liaison-has seen her direct access to the president limited since Kelly took the top White House job in late July, sources tell The Daily Beast.
That sentiment was echoed in interviews with 10 White House officials, Republican operatives and others with close ties to the president.
Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims flee to Bangladesh as Rakhine unrest rages
All of the victims are members of Myanmar's Rohingya minority, he said. "We don't know how many were on the boat", he said. The Myanmar government has kept the matters indoor till date and has denied access to any global aid groups.
But when Kelly is not around, the Post reports, the president will still call around to seek counsel from friends and informal advisers, including departed White House chief strategist Steve Bannon. It notes that Kelly has started to put in controls to restrict the kind of information that reaches Trump's desk.
That man is current White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.
To the contrary, he regularly shares plaudits for him on Twitter, his favorite medium, where he assures fans Kelly is doing "a great job". The sense is that Kelly is essentially powerless to block Trump off from a coterie of friends and allies that predate the White House by years.
Trump doesn't want to have to go looking for a new chief of staff for the second time in as many months (especially when he has yet to fill Kelly's vacant position at DHS).
One of the major reasons the last White House chief of staff Reince Priebus was removed from office was that he was unable to maintain the most basic discipline and enforce rules in the West Wing.
Yet in public, Mr. Trump has not been shy in lauding Kelly, and attempted to have the retired Army general join him on stage during his recent rally in Phoenix, Arizona. "He's turning on people that are very close to him". "He doesn't like how Kelly's handling him".