Hardly transparent, but hardly secretive - dangling in between - unpredictable?
Democracy is a process, an open book, thus comes with drawbacks - your opponents can see what you got !
Do you want to cut straight to the facts?
Pamela Brown serves as CNN's senior White House Correspondent covering President Donald Trump and his administration for all of the network's programs and platforms. Brown also serves as a key fill-in anchor for CNN Newsroom.
She grew up in Lexington, Ky. and holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in broadcast journalism.
Trump ramps up personal cell phone use
Three sources familiar with the situation said Trump has also increased his direct outreach to GOP lawmakers over the past several weeks, sometimes employing his cell phone.
"Basically, at this point, he's just sort of engaging on his own," observed a source familiar with Trump's calls to congressional allies.
"Kelly used to be more clearly the gatekeeper than he is now from a Hill standpoint," that source added, noting members would typically call Kelly's office if they wanted to set up a talk with Trump rather than dial the President directly.
"I don't know that he even is running it by the chief of staff anymore," the staff said.
Some White House allies said they see Trump's more frequent solicitation of advice outside the West Wing as a sign that Kelly's status as a gatekeeper for the President has diminished.
"Definitely, the walls are breaking," one source close to the White House said of the procedures Kelly initially established to regulate access to Trump. Another source close to the White House added that "a lot of meetings, a lot of things have happened lately without Kelly being in the room."