The White House Is Making Ludicrous Excuses For John Kelly's Behavior

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A video of President Donald Trump speaking about Germany, taken on his current Europe trip, caught the attention of reporters who said that his chief of staff, John Kelly, appeared “uncomfortable” in the background as Trump said completely normal, presidential things like “Germany is totally controlled by Russia.”

A body language expert (a dubious title, but let’s suspend disbelief for a minute) told the Washington Post that Kelly’s expression conveyed that “he wants to be anywhere but where he is.” Which is pretty fair, and probably extremely common among the people tasked with chasing Donald Trump around to keep him from accidentally ending the world.


Well, don’t worry: the White House has already handled this pressing matter. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders addressed Kelly’s controversial grimace with reporters on Thursday, where she said that he was merely “displeased” that “he was expecting a full breakfast and there were only pastries and cheese.” This is almost certainly total bullshit, but it’s still amusing to imagine. If it were true, complaining about the low quality of free food could be the most relatable thing this administration has done to date.

As an expert in body language (qualifications: I’ve been alive for 28 years), it seems clear that Kelly is having a pretty miserable time on this trip. And for that, he has no one to blame but himself. No one forced him to rearrange the deckchairs on the most disastrous presidency of all time.

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