(National Sentinel) Fake News: White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has strongly denied an NBC News report on Monday claiming that he called his boss, President Donald J. Trump, an “idiot.”
“I spend more time with the president than anyone else and we have an incredibly candid and strong relationship,” said Kelly, adding that Trump “always knows where I stand.”
“I am committed to the president, his agenda, and our country,” Kelly said. “This is another pathetic attempt to smear people close to President Trump and distract from the administration’s many successes.”
NBC claimed that “eight current and former White House officials” were sources for its report.
The context of the “idiot” comment was allegedly a meeting between Kelly and lawmakers earlier this year regarding the issue of border security and President Obama’s Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
The retired four-star Marine general reportedly said the president “doesn’t even understand what DACA is. He’s an idiot.”
A senior administration official who was at the meeting told Fox News that Kelly never called the president “an idiot.”
The specific context for the alleged “idiot” remark was a meeting between Kelly and lawmakers earlier this year over the issue of border security and the Obama-era Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals program.
As The Western Journal noted further:
The idea that Trump does not understand DACA, at least in broad terms, seems somewhat incredulous, given he issued an executive order last fall calling for it to end and has spoken often about the issue, before and since.
The NBC story — written in part by its White House correspondent Kristen Welker — further claims that Kelly had to talk Trump out of removing U.S. troops from the Korean peninsula.
“For Kelly, the exchange underscored the reasoning behind one of his common refrains, which multiple officials described as some version of ‘I’m the one saving the country,’” the network reported.
“The strong implication being ‘if I weren’t here we would’ve entered WWIII or the president would have been impeached,’” a former senior White House official allegedly told NBC.