John Kelly: Reports I Called Trump An Idiot 'Total BS'

Mike Huckabee responds to the ‘vicious vile’ attacks on his daughter — and he is not happy

The president fired Mr. Tillerson in March, announcing the move in a tweet.

NBC reported Monday that Kelly has criticized Trump's knowledge on issues like immigration, and cast himself as a protecting the country from Trump's impulses.

Women in particular feel rattled by Kelly's comments because he's also told aides multiple times that women are more emotional than men, according to NBC News.

"This is another pathetic attempt to smear people close to President Trump and distract from the administration's many successes", Kelly said in a statement. "I don't know who's out for him, but that's crap".

At another point, Kelly reportedly said Trump "doesn't even understand what DACA is..."

Kelly told senior national security officials in what appeared to be a "moment of frustration" in the last month that he believed the President was becoming "unhinged", according to the senior administration official.

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 United States troops out of the country.

In October, NBC had reported that then secretary of state Rex Tillerson - who was sacked by Trump in March - had called the president a "moron" in front of colleagues. The general, who has largely failed in his task to instill order at the White House since he replaced Reince Priebus last summer, has fallen far out of favor with Trump, and is much less influential than he once was on policy matters. But numerous media reports suggest that he has been marginalised as Trump wearies of being controlled and seeks to cut loose.

The president shouted at Kelly after the chief of staff went on Fox News and said Trump has "evolved" on building a border wall, The Washington Post has reported. And though things have since cooled off, a new report from NBC News could bring their relationship back to the brink.

Zach Fuentes, assistant to the chief of staff and special assistant to the president, reaffirmed Kelly's statement, telling ABC News the story is "complete BS". 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.

Kobach said in June he had turned down two offers to join the Trump White House. He added: "We are accomplishing the unthinkable and setting positive records while doing so!" Fake News is going "bonkers!" he added.

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