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White House chief of staff John Kelly denies calling Trump an idiot and slams report as ‘another pathetic attempt to smear people close to the President’
- NBC report on Monday cited four anonymous staffers who made the claim
- Claimed that Kelly called Trump an ‘idiot’ over president’s poor grasp of policy
- Kelly calls the claim ‘another pathetic attempt to smear people close’ to Trump
White House chief of staff John Kelly has said that a report that he called President Donald Trump an idiot is ‘total BS.’
Kelly denied the claims on Monday in a statement to DailyMail.com, blasting the NBC report which cited four officials who say they had witnessed the comments.
‘I spend more time with the President than anyone else and we have an incredibly candid and strong relationship,’ Kelly said in the statement.
‘He always knows where I stand and he and I both know this story is total BS. I am committed to the President, his agenda, and our country.’
‘This is another pathetic attempt to smear people close to President Trump and distract from the administration’s many successes,’ Kelly continued.
Chief of Staff John Kelly looks out of the Oval Office onto the Rose Garden before the start of a news conference on Monday. He is denying a new NBC report that he called Trump an idiot
Trump and Chief of Staff John Kelly are seen together in October. Kelly calls a report that he called Trump an idiot is ‘total BS’
NBC reported on Monday that Kelly has criticized Trump’s knowledge on issues like immigration, and cast himself as a protecting the country from Trump’s impulses.
The news outlet claimed that Kelly ‘has referred to Trump as “an idiot” multiple times to underscore his point,’ citing the unnamed sources.
Privately, Kelly ‘portrays himself to Trump administration aides as the lone bulwark against catastrophe,’ the outlet claimed.
The report added that Trump was growing tired of Kelly’s attitude.
Trump has reportedly chafed at Kelly’s controlling management style, and has occasionally talked with friends about replacing him.
Just minutes after NBC Nightly News led its evening broadcast with the claims about Kelly, Trump lashed out in a pair of tweets blasting ‘Fake News’.
‘The Fake News is going crazy making up false stories and using only unnamed sources (who don’t exist),’ Trump tweeted. ‘They are totally unhinged, and the great success of this Administration is making them do and say things that even they can’t believe they are saying. Truly bad people!’
‘The White House is running very smoothly despite phony Witch Hunts etc,’ Trump continued.
‘There is great Energy and unending Stamina, both necessary to get things done. We are accomplishing the unthinkable and setting positive records while doing so! Fake News is going “bonkers!”’
President Donald Trump and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari speak during a news conference on Monday. A new report claimed Kelly has clashed with Trump
Separately, a CNN report on Monday cited a senior administration official who claimed that Kelly referred to Trump as ‘unhinged’ during a meeting with the Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford and senior National Security Council officials.
For months, Kelly has been the target of near constant reports of a shakeup at the top of the White House staff.
The drumbeat increased dramatically in February, when Kelly’s handling of the firing of former White House Secretary Rob Porter came under scrutiny.
Most recently, Kelly was rumored to be under consideration for the spot of Veterans Affairs secretary after the president’s last pick withdrew his nomination.
A White House spokesman denied Kelly was being considered for VA, and the administration has consistently denied that Kelly’s job is at risk.
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