With chaos routinely swirling around the White House, the presence of John Kelly can often make people feel a bit more secure. Kelly is often seen as the adult in the room, which can sometimes put him at odds with Donald Trump.
So, it wasn’t a huge surprise when an anonymous staffer told New York Magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi that Trump was planning on firing Kelly.
The surprise was when the source revealed that, “Donald Trump has repeatedly tried to fire John Kelly, but failed because the White House chief of staff just ignores him.”
Kelly has often acted as Trump’s hatchet man, letting go of anyone in the administration that runs afoul of the President.
The source continued, “I think the President just doesn’t know who to call to fire him. Normally if the President wanted to fire someone, he would call Kelly to do it.”
Nuzzi was on the White House grounds yesterday working on her story when she received a call from Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Sanders told her that Trump would like to see her.
According to Nuzzi, Trump quickly attempted to refute the Kelly story, saying, “I want to tell you a couple of things: the chief is doing a very good job. I’m very happy with him, we have a very good relationship, number one. Number two, I didn’t offer anybody else the job. I didn’t talk to anybody about the job. And I’m not, I’m not looking.”
There have been multiple reports of Kelly’s displeasure with Trump. According to Bob Woodward, Kelly repeatedly questioned Trump’s mental capabilities, saying “we’re in crazytown,” and referring to the President as an idiot.
Kelly also refuted the story and said of the relationship, “He’s a great president. Do we disagree sometimes? We do. My job is to make sure that that man has all of the information available from whatever source so that he makes the best decision.”