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

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

Kelly says NBC's report "is another pathetic attempt to smear people close to President Trump and distract from the administration's many successes".

According to these officials, four of whom said they personally heard the insult used, Kelly portrays himself as the only person in the Trump administration "curbing the erratic urges" of the Republican president, NBC reported.

It's a frightening way from a chief of staff to be describing the most powerful person in the world, but Acosta reports that Kelly's disparaging assessment came after Trump made comments that many in the country found jarring.

Trump did not directly reference Kelly or the report by NBC News in his two tweets.

In recent months, Mr Trump has chafed at Mr Kelly's controlling management style and has occasionally talked with friends about replacing him.

"He doesn't even understand what DACA is".

Multiple sources have told CNN that Trump is increasingly frustrated with Kelly, and a senior administration official said Monday that the feeling goes both ways.

General Kelly is Mr Trump's second chief of staff after Reince Priebus, who was accused of leaking information to reporters, resigned in July 2017. "He's an idiot", and "We've got to save him from himself".

Kelly, who reportedly knew of issues with Porter's security clearance for months, released a statement praising the top staffer as "a man of true integrity and honor", even after the abuse allegations were published in the media.

"Kelly appears to be less engaged, which may be to the president's detriment", a senior White House official said. Acosta also noted that Kelly has publicly joked that God was punishing him for something by forcing him to work at the White House.

The reports have drawn comparison to when news surfaced that then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called President Trump a "moron".

"I don't think anybody is surprised that he and the President have had disagreements in the past", the official said.

The two men's relationship has reportedly been unraveling recently, and the NBC report points to some hallmarks in the deterioration.


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