White House chief of staff John Kelly made waves earlier this week when he was photographed looking physically upset during President Trump’s United Nations speech, raising eyebrows over his views of the 45th commander in chief.
While many are analyzing the highly-discussed facepalm move as a signal of ideological differences between the retired Marine general and president, one body language expert suggests Kelly’s public reactions could actually be a red flag of something involving his health.
According to body language expert Dr. Lillian Glass, “there must be something wrong with [Kelly], physically.”
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“Somebody at that level of the military has been trained to keep a check on their emotions. They’ve been trained to keep a check on their p’s and q’s, so to speak,” Glass says. “This is not the first time we’ve seen this, where he’s held his head. Does he suffer from migraines? Does he have other health issues? Is he overtired? This has to be looked at, too.”
Kelly was previously photographed on separate occasions looking less than pleased with Trump, notably during his remarks in response to the deadly Charlottesville protests. Because this reaction at the United Nations is not the first one open to criticism, Glass poses that there’s either something not fully right with his health, or that he needs to get his emotions in line.
“If he’s actually doing that, then this is not the person to be involved with a president,” Glass says. “It’s showing disloyalty and it’s somebody who has their own agenda. And if he has a problem, he needs to keep his emotions in check and speak to the president privately.”
As images of Kelly’s reactions have been open to public criticism, internal White House mullings have not positioned Kelly in much better light. From reports that Trump loyalists have nicknamed him “the church lady,” to a detail suggesting Trump calls ex-White House strategist Steve Bannon when Kelly isn’t around — it seems Kelly’s ability to get a grip on Oval Office operations may be regarded by some as overbearing and unnecessary.
Despite these reports, Trump’s external view of Kelly appears favorable.
“General John Kelly is doing a great job as Chief of Staff,” the president recently tweeted. “I could not be happier or more impressed – and this Administration continues to get things done at a…