Top Trump aide denies calling president an 'idiot'

Trump Doctor Claims His Office Was 'Raided' By Trump Staff

White House chief of staff John Kelly has denied calling United States President Donald Trump an "idiot" and has branded the reports doing the rounds as "total BS".

"I spend more time with the president than anyone else and we have an incredibly candid and strong relationship", said Kelly in a statement, according to NBC News.

The situation is similar to when reports surfaced that then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Trump a "moron".

NBC news report alleges Chief Kelly has referred Trump as an idiot based on reports from multiple unnamed sources. NBC News quoted presidential historian Michael Beschloss, a Harvard professor and friend of Bill Clinton's, as saying, "Kelly's comments about Trump" - even though they are not Kelly's comments, according to Kelly - "suggest a lack of respect for the sitting president of a kind that we haven't seen before".

"The Fake News is going insane making up false stories and using only unnamed sources (who don't exist)".

Then-White House aide Keith Schiller, who previously served as Trump's personal bodyguard, Trump Organization lawyer Alan Garten and another "large man" came unannounced and took the files on the morning of February 3, 2017, Dr. Harold Bornstein said. Kelly allies insist he has merely trained the staff to follow his management protocols, but officials note that Trump has grown more willing to act unilaterally, ignoring or simply not seeking out the advice of his top aide. A stung Trump had challenged him to an IQ contest in jest, but never really overcame the slight.




Officials: Kelly uses an "undisciplined and indiscreet approach" in handling White House staffers.

The disagreements between the retired four-star general and the businessman-turned-president have grown more animated, and on one such occasion previous year Kelly blasted the president as "an idiot" to staffers, the former administration official told the AP.

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

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 U.S. troops out of the country.

"The private manner aides describe may shed new light on why Kelly now finds himself - just nine months into the job - grappling with diminished influence and a drumbeat of questions about how long he'll remain at the White House".

"Once a Marine, always a Marine, [he] would not tolerate anyone disrespecting the commander in chief", the staffer said of Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general.

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