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White House chief of staff denies calling Trump an 'idiot'

White House chief of staff denies calling Trump an 'idiot'

The anchor then played a clip from Kelly's October speech at the White House press podium in which he leveled unsubstantiated attacks at Rep. Fredericka Wilson (D-FL) that he never apologized for, followed by an audio clip of the chief of staff calling immigrants lazy and repeatedly defending former White House staffer Rob Porter after he was accused of spousal abuse.

During one exchange between Kelly and Trump early in 2018, sources said, Kelly made a strong case to keep USA troops in South Korea, changing the president's mind about ordering the complete withdrawal from the region. When the story first broke, Kelly spoke highly of Porter in a statement.

Mr. Kelly said he is "committed to the president, his agenda, and our country"'.

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

Trump picked Nielsen, but later came to believe Kelly had manipulated the process so that he would pick Nielsen, NBC reported, citing three current and former White House officials. In one heated exchange between the two men before February's Winter Olympics in South Korea, Kelly strongly - and successfully - dissuaded Trump from ordering the withdrawal of all USA troops from the Korean Peninsula, according to two officials.

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

"He doesnt even understand what DACA is".

They also said that Kelly often steps in if other aides use curse words in front of women in the White House.

In another example of Kelly being unhappy, one official said Kelly used "salty language" about Trump when Trump wasn't thrilled with picking Kirstjen Nielsen to lead the Department of Homeland Security. "He's an idiot", and "We've got to save him from himself". "I don't know who's out for him, but that's crap".

Kelly, who reportedly casts himself as a savior of the administration, has reportedly called Trump an "idiot".

Some current and former White House officials expect General Kelly to leave this July, NBC News reports.

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

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



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