Kelly calls 'BS' on report he called Trump an idiot

May 01, 2018, 08:42
Kelly calls 'BS' on report he called Trump an idiot

However one official claimed "the President hates reading these stories, he hates it", and that tensions between Trump and Kelly have been growing for weeks.

"What disturbs me more about John Kelly is that he hasn't been able to put a clamp on the president's sort of most ridiculous instincts", the Maryland Democrat said. Kelly slammed the report as "total BS" and Stephanie Ruhle--who shares the byline on the report--fired back tonight.

Eight unnamed sources told NBC News that Kelly sees himself as the country's savior and that he constantly insults the president's intelligence.

He went on, "This is another pathetic attempt to smear people close to President Trump and distract from the administration's many successes".

"He doesn't even understand what DACA is. He's an idiot", Kelly allegedly said during a meeting, two officials said. "We've got to save him from himself".

Kelly also reportedly talked to Trump about some of these reports Monday and denied that he called the president an "idiot".

A senior administration official who was in that meeting flatly denied to Fox News that Kelly called Trump an "idiot".

Despite being lauded by critics as a "sobering" force in Donald Trump's White House when he was first hired, an MSNBC panel Monday agreed that chief of staff John Kelly's past controversies suggest he was never who media expected him to be.

These officials told NBC that Kelly is in the Oval Office "more than anyone else".

Trump has chafed at Kelly's strictures and limitations, and other staff members have become convinced that Kelly is not always truthful, particularly after his conflicting stories on the dismissal of aide Rob Porter following allegations of spousal abuse.

Still, officials who spoke to NBC News seemed to believe that Kelly could be leaving Trump's White House by July.

The private manner aides describe may shed new light on why Kelly now finds himself - just nine months into the job - grappling with diminished influence and a drumbeat of questions about how long he'll remain at the White House.

General Kelly is a 45-year military veteran and was in charge of Southern Command, responsible for military operations in Central and South America and the Caribbean, from 2012 until his retirement in January 2016.

In early March, Trump was said to be "red-hot about Kelly trying to control him", diving headlong into a trade war with China as a "fuck-you to Kelly".

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