John Kelly defends Trump’s blunderous FISA tweets: It’s a ‘juggling act’ and doesn’t make job ‘more difficult’
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly speaks during a daily briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 19, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who has said that he does not read President Donald Trump's tweets, insisted on Thursday that the president did not make his job "more difficult" by accidentally tweeting opposition to a FISA bill that the White House was on record supporting.


In a tweet on Thursday that appeared to be prompted by a segment on Fox & Friends, Trump suggested that he was against reauthorizing a Section 702 of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The president later walked back the tweet, but not before some members of the House threatened to delay the vote, which eventually passed on Thursday.

CNN's Manu Raju caught up with Kelly as the White House was scrambling to undo the damage from Trump's tweet.

Kelly, who is on record saying he does not read the president's Twitter timeline, seemed to be well aware of the trouble, but he insisted that the trouble-making tweet was business as usual.

"It's not more difficult," Kelly said of passing the FISA bill. "It's a juggling act."