Trump tweet with John Kelly face-palm is deleted but its ghost remains
Donald Trump has apparently deleted a tweet that gave the world yet another look deep into Chief-of-Staff John Kelly’s despondent soul.
Trump originally posted the tweet around 1:15 pm ET on Thursday, showing photos from an agricultural roundtable that included “memembers” of Congress. Kelly was also there and the photos, which are still saved in Twitter’s cache, revealed a peek into how Kelly is probably feeling these days.
Bloomberg journalist Anna Massoglia flagged the apparent deletion by Trump earlier on Friday.
Thankfully, this is why tools like the Internet Wayback Machine exist, which captures the tweet on Trump’s timeline.
Now, whether he deleted it because of the Kelly photo or because of the typo, which Trump has a big-league habit of doing, is unknown and it’s not like we’ll ever know because this administration isn’t exactly known for its transparency.
If this feels familiar, it’s because Kelly has a habit of making these kinds of faces when Trump speaks — like during Trump’s speech at the UN in September 2017 and, most infamously, during Trump’s unhinged press conference in August 2017 following the outbreak of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
If Trump did delete the tweet because of the photo of Kelly, at least we know he didn’t stay mad long because he’s now directing his ire at former FBI chief James Comey in an escalating war of words around Comey’s approaching memoir that will surely be met with a calm and measured response by the White House.