Published: Tue, May 01, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Kelly says report he called Trump an idiot is 'total BS'

Kelly says report he called Trump an idiot is 'total BS'

Responding to a report, as described to NBC by eight former and current White House officials, that claimed Kelly has called the president "an idiot" on multiple occasions, MSNBC's Ayman Mohyeldin, in for regular host Ari Melber, rolled footage of the chief of staff's more unsavory comments during his nine-month tenure in the West Wing.

Trump appeared to react to the report on Twitter Monday night, tweeting: "The Fake News is going insane making up false stories and using only unnamed sources (who don't exist)".

"He doesn't even understand what DACA is. He's an idiot", Kelly said in one meeting, according to two officials who were present.

Kelly's comment came as the officials deliberated on the future of the U.S. effort in Syria, following Trump's off-the-cuff comments saying he was determined to get USA troops out of the country.

Kelly released a statement denying the report and assuring the public that he had a good relationship with the president.

"He says stuff you can't believe".

Former Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-MD) agreed with Greer's assertion, saying that especially given Kelly's comments about women, "he's a mirror image in this respect of the president that he serves".

Less than an hour after the NBC report was published, Kelly issued a statement calling the story "total BS".

Mr. Kelly said he is "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 administrations many successes".

When my colleague Gabriel Sherman reported last week that Donald Trump was considering shunting his chief of staff, John Kelly, to the Department of Veterans Affairs, it wasn't the first time that rumors of Kelly's ouster had swirled. The report added that Trump was growing exhausted of Kelly's attitude.

The president, who lavished praise on Porter after the staffer's resignation, was reportedly privately furious with Kelly's response to the situation.

General Kelly is a 45-year military veteran and was in charge of Southern Command, responsible for military operations in Central and South America and the Caribbean, from 2012 until his retirement in January 2016. And though things have since cooled off, a new report from NBC News could bring their relationship back to the brink.

Kelly has also reportedly made occasional remarks that disturbed female staffers, including asserting that women are more emotional than men - a claim he made in front of the president, four sources said.

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