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Mon Apr 30, 2018, 04:22 PM

Kelly thinks he's saving U.S. from disaster, calls Trump 'idiot,' say White House staffers

Source: NBCNews


Some current and former officials said they expect Kelly to leave by July, and that Trump and Kelly seem to have tired of each other.

by Carol E. Lee, Courtney Kube, Kristen Welker and Stephanie Ruhle / Apr.30.2018 / 3:14 PM ET

WASHINGTON — White House chief of staff John Kelly has eroded morale in the West Wing in recent months with comments to aides that include insulting the president's intelligence and casting himself as the savior of the country, according to eight current and former White House officials.

The officials said Kelly portrays himself to Trump administration aides as the lone bulwark against catastrophe, curbing the erratic urges of a president who has a questionable grasp on policy issues and the functions of government. He has referred to Trump as "an idiot" multiple times to underscore his point, according to four officials who say they've witnessed the comments.

Three White House spokespeople said they don't believe it's accurate that Kelly called the president an "idiot," adding that none of them has ever heard him do that or otherwise use that word.

Officials said Kelly's public image as a retired four-star general instilling discipline on a chaotic White House and an impulsive president belies what they describe as the undisciplined and indiscreet approach he's employed as chief of staff. 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.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/kelly-thinks-he-s-saving-u-s-disaster-calls-trump-n868961

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Reply Kelly thinks he's saving U.S. from disaster, calls Trump 'idiot,' say White House staffers (Original post)
Tactical Peek Apr 2018 OP
MrScorpio Apr 2018 #1
Gothmog Apr 2018 #2
mpcamb Apr 2018 #20
mahatmakanejeeves Apr 2018 #3
sandensea Apr 2018 #4
Moostache Apr 2018 #5
Major Nikon Apr 2018 #6
Tactical Peek Apr 2018 #8
Gothmog Apr 2018 #7
Honeycombe8 Apr 2018 #9
flotsam Apr 2018 #10
SunSeeker Apr 2018 #11
keithbvadu2 Apr 2018 #17
Renew Deal Apr 2018 #12
Tactical Peek Apr 2018 #13
groundloop Apr 2018 #14
mobeau69 Apr 2018 #15
keithbvadu2 Apr 2018 #16
Nash Teeth Apr 2018 #18
Quixote1818 Apr 2018 #19

Response to Tactical Peek (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2018, 04:29 PM

1. Trump thinks he can do Kelly's job

Why not?

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Response to Tactical Peek (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2018, 04:32 PM

2. This will be fun to watch

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Response to Gothmog (Reply #2)

Mon Apr 30, 2018, 08:12 PM

20. That picture:? Is Kelly going out to get dt's lunchtime big Mac?

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Response to Tactical Peek (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2018, 04:34 PM

3. What I said in the other thread: Ruh-roh. NT

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Response to Tactical Peek (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2018, 04:34 PM

4. Well sorry don't feed the bulldog. If he really is interested in saving the U.S. from disaster,

He should leak whatever he has on Cheeto (and Pence) to Mueller's team.

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Response to Tactical Peek (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2018, 04:38 PM

5. This world has become insanity incarnate.

Anyone speaking truth of any kind is attacked and berated, while those who spew lies and nonsense are rewarded.

Stop the world.
I want to get off.

Trump IS an idiot...objectively, subjectively and any-other-jectively you can think of...
Calling him what he is should not be "eroding morale"...if those snowflakes in the West Wing need constant reinforcement and coddling to shield them from the fact that they work for an idiot, then I do not know what to say to them....

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Response to Tactical Peek (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2018, 04:39 PM

6. Sounds like a step up from "fucking moron"

Trump should note the silver lining.

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #6)

Mon Apr 30, 2018, 04:41 PM

8. This shows that Republicans can do ''nuance" after all,


said some wag on the internets.

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Response to Tactical Peek (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2018, 04:41 PM

7. From Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee

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Response to Tactical Peek (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2018, 04:57 PM

9. The rumor last year was that he was going to leave by end of year or January.

Tillerson, too.

I guess it's really hard to walk away from a big job in the administration.

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Response to Tactical Peek (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2018, 04:58 PM

10. News stories like this are what you get

from sniveling cowards without the balls to form an ACTUAL firing squad.

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Response to Tactical Peek (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2018, 04:58 PM

11. These "leaks" prove Trump's kids have turned on Kelly.

This is a well-coordinated effort to push Kelly out. Jarvanka was offended when he revoked their security clearance and kept them out of the White House. And Bolton & Pompeo obviously do not like Kelly. Expect to see a lot more of Jarvanka, Bolton and Pompeo when Kelly leaves.

Snakes, turning on each other.

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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #11)

Mon Apr 30, 2018, 06:22 PM

17. In order to sell secrets for the family business, Jared now has to get them directly from Donald.

In order to sell secrets for the family business, Jared now has to get them directly from Donald.

http://theweek.com/video/758438/7-merciless-cartoons-about-jared-kushners-securityclearance-demotion

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Response to Tactical Peek (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2018, 05:02 PM

12. A long time ago I asked why Kelly would take the job

And someone on DU suggested that Kelly thought he was saving the country. Looks like they were correct.

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Response to Tactical Peek (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2018, 05:26 PM

13. Kelly releases statement, calls these reports "total BS".

Last edited Mon Apr 30, 2018, 06:10 PM - Edit history (1)

White House chief of staff John Kelly is denying a report from NBC News that he has called President Trump an “idiot” and said that he does not know about the policy issues on his agenda.

“I spend more time with the President than anyone else and we have an incredibly candid and strong relationship," Kelly said in a statement issued by the White House.

"He always knows where I stand and he and I both know this story is total BS," he said.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/385558-nbc-kelly-has-called-trump-an-idiot


"BS" - I don't think that means what he thinks it means.

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Response to Tactical Peek (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2018, 06:06 PM

14. Spanky's getting ready to fire Kelly, hence the leaks.

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Response to Tactical Peek (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2018, 06:12 PM

15. CNN is now saying Kelly said he is becoming unhinged.

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Response to Tactical Peek (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2018, 06:21 PM

16. Blue Falcon John Kelly save the country? Bigly laugh!

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Response to Tactical Peek (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2018, 06:51 PM

18. Well-intentioned, but good luck with that

when Trump's bull meets our China shop.

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Response to Tactical Peek (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2018, 07:12 PM

19. How could anyone not tire of Trump? nt

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