Kelly calls 'BS' on report he called Trump an idiot

01 May 2018, 08:22 | Isaac Mcdaniel

Andrew Harnik AP

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly speaks at a news conference at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection headquarters in Washington Tuesday Jan. 31 2017 to discuss the operational implementation of the president’s executive orders. (AP

It comes after NBC reported Mr Kelly had on multiple occasions criticised Trump's knowledge on issues such as immigration and has cast himself as a protecting the country from Mr Trump's impulses.

Kelly is Trump's second chief of staff, having been appointed to the position this past July to replace Reince Priebus. And while engulfed in the Porter drama, Kelly reportedly "wondered aloud how much more Porter would have to endure before his honor could be restored", and "questioned why Porter's ex-wives wouldn't just move on based on the information he said he had about his marriages".

The individual described Mr Kelly's statement as a "moment of frustration". And the former department of homeland security chief is particularly critical of what he reportedly sees as Trump's weak understanding of policy, particularly immigration-related.

"Several sources interviewed by the publication shared comments that they attributed to Kelly, including "[Trump] doesn't even understand what DACA is.

"That's complete BS. I was in the room for that meeting", the official told CNN. "He's an idiot", and "We've got to save him from himself".

But Kelly flatly denied the report, calling it "total BS".

They also said that Kelly often steps in if other aides use curse words in front of women in the White House. Kelly has since denied characterizing the President that way.

"I am committed to the President, his agenda, and our country", Kelly added.

Bucks 104, Celtics 102
For Boston , Stevens gave Greg Monroe just five minutes in Game 4 after he was effective in Game 3 , posting a double-double. The Bucks won their two home games but that's been the trend in the series as the hosts have prevailed all four times .

Comcast tables formal takeover bid for Sky
But the company said it was "currently considering its options", and said it will make a further announcement "in due course". Sky's share price rose by over 4% following the announcement - significantly above the £12.50 per share offer by Comcast .

Rescue heroics save boy in United States trapped underwater for nine minutes
Surveillance video captured the horrific moments a 12-year-old boy became trapped in a pool drain at a resort in SC . Emergency medical technicians were then able to free the boy and get him to the side of the pool.

"This is another pathetic attempt to smear people close to President Trump and distract from the administration's many successes", he said.

Kelly's handling of domestic violence accusations against former White House staff secretary Rob Porter earlier this year caused consternation among White House staffers, who believed he wasn't truthful.

While people who are honest and keep tabs on the president are valuable assets, it's also disheartening that the people who end up in those positions often push him toward even more radical anti-immigration policies.

The report published on Monday caps off numerous weeks of speculation that there is a growing divide between Kelly and Trump, and numerous officials believe it is a matter of when, rather than if, Kelly will be fired.

The president, who lavished praise on Porter after the staffer's resignation, was reportedly privately furious with Kelly's response to the situation. And though things have since cooled off, a new report from NBC News could bring their relationship back to the brink.

She stood by the report and said the relationship between the President and his chief of staff has deteriorated.

"He'll say it and you think, "That's not what you should be saying", one senior official said.

Other News

Trending Now

Sales Figures for Comey's 'A Higher Loyalty' Dwarf Recent Political Best Sellers
Fitzgerald did not comment and known Comey attorney David Kelley did not confirm or deny the new hire. On Saturday, Donald Trump himself took to Twitter to accuse Comey of breaking the law.

Sony Unveils New Trailer for Tom Hardy's 'Venom' at CinemaCon
After languishing in development hell for almost a decade, Sony's standalone Venom movie finally got off the ground in 2016. Just a reminder: we first saw Venom in Spider-Man 3, where the character appeared as the anti-hero to Peter Parker.

Lightning 4, Bruins 2: Bad turnovers, worse officiating
With Rask off the ice, it was an opportunity to get a glimpse at what the future might look like between the pipes for the Bruins. Before the game begins, you can get caught up on everything you need to know in News Channel 8's Road to the Cup pregame special.

YouTube Introduces More Parental Controls For YouTube Kids
The app is created to be installed on a child's device, with the parent able to control settings from their own Facebook account. This is something kids are especially susceptible to, as they might lack the self-control adults often learn as they grow up.

Amir Khan returns to boxing with incredible 39-second KO
Khan added: "I want to give the United Kingdom fans some big fights and sell out arenas and stadiums". My target is to win another world title". "I will fight Kell Brook and I will beat Kell Brook".

GOP-led House panel clears Trump campaign in Russian Federation probe
Trump in his post , Twitter wrote: "No evidence that the campaign trump was in collusion or coordinated with Russian Federation ". Meanwhile, the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation is moving ahead, along with special counsel Robert Mueller's probe.

Semenya targeted by new testosterone rules
The IAAF defines athletes with DSD as any female with blood testosterone levels equal to or greater than 5 nmol/L. Athletes would be required to take these hormones up to six months before they will be allowed to compete.

Indian guru faces life in prison for raping teenage devotee
Especially, in the states of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Haryana, where there are a very large number of Asaram's followers. Asaram was also found to have encroached on government and other land around his Motera ashram in Gujarat.

Chrissy Teigen's Baby Shower with Kim Kardashian Was Fit For a Legend
But hey, it's Chrissy's baby shower so she can do what she wants, right? The couple are already parents to two-year-old Luna . Not impressed with the singer-songwriter's efforts, West fired back, "I love you John and I appreciate your thoughts".

Huawei now under criminal investigation over Iran trade
Now, the Wall Street Journal reports the government is taking more direct action against the Chinese technology giant. Issues and warnings against Huawei have come from presumptions that the company has ties to the Chinese government.