White House pushes back against reports that Kelly called Trump an 'idiot'

White House pushes back against reports that Kelly called Trump an 'idiot'

White House pushes back against reports that Kelly called Trump an 'idiot'

"The quick denial underscores how damaging the remarks could be for Kelly", the Post reported.

Kelly is "on solid footing, but if the president asked him to move on, he would say, 'I've served my country three times now, ' move on, and be perfectly happy", Fuentes told the Examiner on Monday.

Morale has eroded in the West Wing in recent months because of comments by Kelly to "aides that include insulting the president's intelligence and casting himself as the savior of the country", according to NBC via those eight "current and former White House officials. This is another pathetic attempt to smear people close to President Trump and distract from the administration's many successes", the statement added. "He always knows where I stand and he and I both know this story is total BS", Kelly said in a statement distributed by the White House.

One source familiar with the situation said Trump was rankled by the way Kelly handled the Porter situation; the chief of staff initially attempted to defend Porter against the allegation until a photograph of Porter's ex-wife's blackened eye surfaced and sparked outrage.

Privately, Kelly 'portrays himself to Trump administration aides as the lone bulwark against catastrophe, ' NBC claimed, adding that the president is growing exhausted of Kelly's attitude.

The President's chief of staff, John Kelly, denied publication on the website of TV channel NBC, in which the channel sources said that Kelly repeatedly called Donald trump an "idiot" and ridiculed the political ignorance of the American President.

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Trump similarly tried to cast doubt on the story, declining to mention it specifically on Twitter, but accused the media of using "only unnamed sources (who don't exist)".

Spokespersons: They haven't heard anything of the sort but did admit that, at times, Trump "gets frustrated" with Kelly for not giving him enough information. '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.

The president tweeted again Monday, noting that the his administration is "accomplishing the unthinkable" and that the "Fake News is going 'bonkers!'"

'He says stuff you can't believe, ' said one senior White House official.

Jackson was recently nominated by Trump to be director of the Department of Veterans Affairs, but his nomination quickly fell through amid allegations that he doled out prescription drugs like candy and drank excessively on the job.

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