Didn’t they have a little deal, a mutual nonaggression pact of sorts? I’m thinking back to a CNN story from September:
Kelly assured Trump in one of their final Oval Office meetings that while he did plan to eventually write about his tumultuous tenure in the White House for history’s sake, he wouldn’t publish a book until after Trump was gone, two sources briefed on the conversation said. But the former general’s guarantee came in terms more reminiscent of a military ceasefire than an employee separation agreement: Kelly told Trump he would hold his fire as long as Trump didn’t attack him first.
Has Kelly broken the deal (assuming it exists, of course)? Two weeks ago he said he’d believe John Bolton if in fact Bolton confirmed the report in the Times that Trump had told him personally about a quid pro quo with Ukraine. Then, last night, he sounded off on all sorts of Trump-related current affairs, from Alex Vindman’s reassignment to the failure of diplomacy with North Korea to Trump’s intervention in the Eddie Gallagher case. The Atlantic has the most extensive quotes from the evening. Of note: At no point does Kelly insult Trump personally, such as by calling him unfit, and at no point does he reveal anything that happened behind the scenes during his time as chief of staff. It’s straightforward criticism on the issues: