This article is fairly interesting. It's nothing new but it does condense some info on what is going on with Trump and the White House. Specifically, it's about Kelly and how he controls Trump's views on immigration after the fact. And that this essentially makes it impossible to negotiate a deal here because there are two people in charge back in the White House, depending on the time of day.
But Miller is only an adviser, with limited clout. Kelly, as chief of staff, controls the flow of information to Trump. The shutdown drama makes clear that he, in fact, is the most powerful anti-immigration force in the White House, having sidelined the bipartisan deal on the budget and immigration that Graham and Democratic Senator Dick Durbin had negotiated.
“Kelly is emerging from his usual behind-the-scenes role to become one of the president’s chief conservative anchors on the immigration issue, a spot once occupied by former chief strategist Steve Bannon,” The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. According to Vox, Democratic Congressman Luis Gutierrez said “Kelly has ‘now turned into one of the most ardent proponents of very restrictive immigration policy,’ and aligned himself with conservative immigration hardliners in the Senate including Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Sen. David Perdue (R-GA). Gutierrez added he hoped a White House Chief of staff would remain independent on these issues, but said he’s seeing no such autonomy from Kelly.” Durbin offered a similar analysis, complaining, “As soon as the guest leaves the office, Gen. Kelly calls in the right wingers and they bat it down and say you can’t do it. We’ll never reach an agreement unless there’s a more open approach at the White House and the president is more constructive.”
Yet the way the shutdown farce has played out in Washington shows that Kelly’s purported skills in bringing order to the White House have only created more disorder during critical negotiations. Because Trump has no interest in the details of policy, Kelly has taken on an outsized role for a chief of staff. He’s become a separate power center in the White House, with seeming veto authority over presidential negotiations.
There's a tweet there that basically sums it up fairly well: President Trump and "the White House" no longer mean the same thing when it comes to negotiations.
Until this situation resolves itself, there's probably no chance of getting the White House to agree to anything or even be an entity capable of being negotiated with.
On the plus side, as the article also mentions and we already knew, Trump resents Kelly's attempts to control him and despises the emerging media narrative that he's the one in charge of shit at the White House. Basically we need a #PresidentKelly meme to hit the cable news networks and get Trump to chuck Kelly's ass to the curb for daring to fly too high.