John Kelly denies calling Trump an 'idiot'

Chief of Staff John Kelly looks out of the Oval Office onto the Rose Garden before the start of a news conference on Monday. He is denying a new NBC report that he called Trump an idiot

New details emerged on the rift between White House chief of staff John Kelly and President Donald Trump, with one former administration official saying Kelly privately called Trump "an idiot" previous year.

Immediately after the material Kelly made a statement that the publication is "utter nonsense".

"NBC's post, with a list of four authors (Carol E. Lee, Courtney Kube, Kristen Welker and Stephanie Ruhle) cited four unnamed "officials" claiming to have witnessed Kelly calling Trump "'an idiot'" multiple times". NBC sources say that Kelly was systematically created an image of "Savior of the Fatherland", who is forced to restrain the impulses of the impulsive President.

There are eight people in Washington whose job right now is to get rid of White House chief of staff John Kelly, and mainstream media are assisting in the effort.

In a statement Monday, Kelly called it "total BS".

Kelly's top aide, Zachary Fuentes, also disputed the characterization, saying he had never heard Kelly describe the president that way. The report on Monday capped off weeks of what sources have described as a growing disconnect between Kelly and Trump. "Once a Marine, always a Marine", said Fuentes.

President Donald Trump's longtime bodyguard showed up without notice at the office of Trump's personal doctor shortly after inauguration and took all of the President's medical records, the doctor told NBC News on Tuesday. A stung Trump had challenged him to an IQ contest in jest, but never really overcame the slight.

Kelly's handling of domestic violence accusations against former White House staff secretary Rob Porter earlier this year caused consternation among White House staffers, who believed he wasn't truthful. They said Kelly and Trump have an open, candid relationship.

"Kelly appears to be less engaged, which may be to the president's detriment", a second senior White House official said.

The public revelation of an insult directed at the president's intelligence is reminiscent of leaks past year that former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Trump a "moron".

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.

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