John Kelly Has Repeatedly Referred To Trump As An 'Idiot,' NBC Reports

Glen Norman
May 1, 2018

White House chief of staff John Kelly says a report he called President Donald Trump an idiot is "total BS".

According to the NBC report, Kelly also cast himself as a savior among the administration, deflecting the president's foul moods and allegedly rash behavior.

The senior administration official said while Trump and his chief of staff have had disagreements, Kelly has never used that kind of language to criticize Trump.

In one meeting, Kelly reportedly said, "He doesn't even understand what DACA is".

Kelly said in a statement he and Trump have "an incredibly candid and strong relationship".

During his opening monologue on Monday night's episode of "The Late Show", Stephen Colbert supported women who might be insulted by reports that White House chief of staff John Kelly thinks they're "more emotional" than men.

Earlier this year, Kelly told Fox News in a January interview that his boss "has evolved" since becoming president, which embarrassed Trump. Kelly slammed the report as "total BS" and Stephanie Ruhle--who shares the byline on the report--fired back tonight.

"Remember, Kelly was brought on as chief of staff nine months ago, hailed as a beacon of discipline and the adult in the room, believe it or not, and someone who would put an end to the chaos in the West Wing", Mohyeldin said.

Three White House spokespeople said they don't believe it's accurate that Kelly called the president an "idiot", adding that none of them has ever heard him do that or otherwise use that word.

"Every day I am embarrassed that America chose you to be our president". According to their accounts, Kelly also boasted about his influence, saying, "If it weren't for me, the president was going to agree to some hasty deal".

The president also insisted that the White House "is running very smoothly".

In February, Kelly got here beneath hearth for his function within the ousting of former White Home aide Rob Porter.

Kelly provided Trump with two names for consideration: Kobach and Kelly's deputy, Kirstjen Nielsen.

Kelly's comment came as the officials deliberated on the future of the United States effort in Syria, following Trump's off-the-cuff comments saying he was determined to get U.S. troops out of the country. Kelly later said he mishandled his response to the allegations.

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