John Kelly Clashes With Media Over Alleged 'Idiot Trump' Remarks

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly speaks at a news conference at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection headquarters in Washington Tuesday Jan. 31 2017 to discuss the operational implementation of the president’s executive orders. (AP

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During a news briefing on Tuesday, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed that the White House was involved in retrieving President Trump's medical records from his former doctor, Dr. Harold Bornstein, but disputed Bornstein's claim that what a top White House aide and Trump Organization official did to his office in February 2017 was tantamount to a "raid".

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

Kelly, who is a former United States marine corps general, considers himself a check on the famously erratic president with a questionable grasp on policy and has called Trump "an idiot" to underscore that point, NBC News reported on Monday, citing multiple White House staffers.

Spokespersons: They haven't seen any negative effects of Kelly's comments on female staffers, but said off the record that Kelly may have possibly said that women are more emotional than men.

"I spend more time with the president than anyone else and we have an incredibly candid and strong relationship", said Kelly.

The chief of staff also allegedly called the president "an idiot" during a closed-door negotiation on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, claiming that Trump "doesn't even understand" what this program actually is and thus needs to be saved "from himself".

Spokespersons: Kelly did say something along the lines of "The president doesn't know the full impact of DACA" but never called him an idiot. Aides say his direct influence has waned somewhat. "He always knows where I stand and he and I both know this story is total BS", Kelly said in a statement.

"You may recall this "Relatively competent/functional person says privately that Trump is dumb" trop from such previous stories as The Secretary of State Won't Specifically Deny That He Referred to the President as a "F-ing Moron" and "The National Security Adviser Reportedly Called the President an 'idiot" and a 'kindergartner'". "He's an idiot", Kelly reportedly said.

NBC cited three White House spokespeople who said they didn't believe the allegations against Kelly, "adding that none of them has ever heard him do that or otherwise use that word". "Tillerson declined to do so, simply saying he wouldn't play that Washington game".

Officials: Kelly has "eroded morale" in the White House by making comments disparaging Trump's intelligence and portraying himself as the savior of the nation.

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