Chief of Staff Kelly denies calling President Trump an 'idiot'

Hannah Rogers
May 1, 2018

Rumors of #John Kelly stepping down as White House Chief of Staff have circulated for months, but a new report elaborates even further on his issues with Donald Trump.

The blistering report from NBC News details repeated instances in which Kelly insulted the president.

Trump, who aides said has soured on his second chief of staff, is aware of some though not all of Kelly's comments, according to the current and former officials.

"The strong implication being 'if I weren't here we would've entered WWIII or the president would have been impeached, '" a former White House official told reporters.

"I don't think anybody is surprised that he and the President have had disagreements in the past", the official said. Whether NBC's sources spoke to the outlet in hopes of pushing Kelly out for good is unclear - some officials told NBC he'd be gone by July - but the president is unlikely to react kindly to any questioning of his all-powerful brain.

"I spend extra time with the President than anybody else and we've got an extremely candid and robust relationship", Kelly mentioned in an announcement.

The report comes amid months of tensions between Kelly and Trump.

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Another official said Mr Kelly called President Trump "unhinged" during a meeting with Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford and senior National Security Council officials when discussing the US's future role in Syria.

Adding to that abhorrent list, the NBC report Monday also revealed that Kelly perpetuates a culture of sexism in the West Wing. "He at all times is aware of the place I stand and he and I each know this story is whole BS".

News has a story up about White House chief of staff John Kelly. The report added that Trump was growing exhausted of Kelly's attitude.

The White House spokespeople said they haven't seen Kelly have a negative effect on the morale of women staffers. Kelly later said he mishandled his response to the allegations.

Trump was also angered when Kelly bungled former aide Rob Porter's firing and Kelly pushed his staff to spread the false timeline that he had ousted Porter less than an hour after he found out about the charges.

Perhaps, what the administration truly needs to save itself isn't Kelly, but someone who understands that Trump lacks any real policy knowledge and would steer him toward peace and progress.

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