John Kelly Reportedly Called Trump an 'Idiot' and Made Sexist Remarks About Women
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has called President Donald Trump an 'idiot,' according to multiple sources who spoke to NBC News, and he believes he is saving the country from disaster by remaining in his role.
Spokespeople for the White House denied the story.
Kelly has also reportedly made sexist remarks about women that "rattled female staffers." He said that women are "more emotional than men," according to the NBC News report. On the subject of former staff secretary Rob Porter, who resigned after allegations of abuse emerged from his ex-wives, Kelly reportedly "wondered aloud how much more Porter would have to endure before his honor could be restored."
Kelly's reported comments about Trump echo previous news stories about the president's top aides and appointees speaking about his intelligence. Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly called Trump a "moron. Former national security adviser H.R. McMaster reportedly said the president had the "intelligence of a kindergartener."
But in addition to continuing a trend of top officials disparaging the president's intelligence, the report also suggests that tensions may be increasing between Trump and his chief of staff. Previous reports have suggested that Kelly's power in the White House has waned and that Trump had considered firing him. Last week, Vanity Fair reported that Trump is considering putting him in charge of the Department of Veterans Affairs in an effort to oust him from the White House.