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
By KEITH GRIFFITH
30 April 2018
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.
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!”’
Source: ‘This is total BS’: Chief of Staff John Kelly DENIES calling Trump an idiot, and slams report as ‘another pathetic smear’, then the president insists the White House is ‘running very smoothly despite phony witch hunts’