Trump's Chief of Staff on Trump's Tweets: 'They Are What They Are'

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"Someone, I read the other day, said we all just react to the tweets", Kelly said, according to the report.

Several hours after Donald Trump created an worldwide controversy by calling North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un "short and fat" on Twitter, Trump's Chief of Staff John Kelly said he doesn't allow his aides and staffers to react to the president's tweets. "I find out about them".

The announcement comes after President Trump met with top leaders in Japan, South Korea and China about North Korea's ongoing nuclear threats against the United States and its allies. 'We don't. I don't.

In the latest tweet he said: "I will be making a major statement from the @WhiteHouse upon my return to D.C. Time and date to be set".

Wrapping this up he said any nation that trades with USA knows "that the rules have changed".

The retired general went on to say that the tweets "are what they are" but that he doesn't take them into account while trying to shape policy as the staff develops "policy in the normal traditional way". Asked about his response to Trump's tweet implying North Korea leader Kim Jong Un was "short and fat", Kelly noted that he and...

'That might be a unusual thing to happen but it's a possibility, ' he said. Trump wrote as part of a series of tweets on Sunday morning in Vietnam.

Mr Trump and Mr Putin did not have a formal meeting while they were in Vietnam for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit, but the two spoke informally several times and reached an agreement on a number of principles for the future of war-torn Syria.

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