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Trump unloads on ‘fake’ reports that John Kelly called him an ‘idiot.’ He’s not the only one ticked off.

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President Trump unleashed on “fake news” reports claiming that White House chief of staff John Kelly called him an “idiot.”

NBC News reported Monday that Kelly has called the president an “idiot” several times, citing “eight current and former White House officials.”

“The officials said Kelly portrays himself to Trump administration aides as the lone bulwark against catastrophe, curbing the erratic urges of a president who has a questionable grasp on policy issues and the functions of government. He has referred to Trump as ‘an idiot’ multiple times to underscore his point, according to four officials who say they’ve witnessed the comments,” NBC News reported.

Trump slammed the “totally unhinged” news outlets on Monday.

Kelly, himself, denied the allegations and called them “total BS.”

“I spend more time with the president than anyone else and we have an incredibly candid and strong relationship,” said Kelly in a statement, according to NBC News. “He always knows where I stand and he and I both know this story is total BS. I am committed to the president, his agenda, and our country. This is another pathetic attempt to smear people close to President Trump and distract from the administration’s many successes.”

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.”

Despite the clarifications, the report was circulated and CNN at one point reported Kelly even used the word “unhinged.”

According to CNN:

Multiple sources have told CNN that Trump is increasingly frustrated with Kelly, and a senior administration official said Monday that the feeling goes both ways.
Kelly told senior national security officials in what appeared to be a “moment of frustration” in the last month that he believed the President was becoming “unhinged,” according to the senior administration official.
Kelly referred to Trump as “unhinged” during a meeting with the Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford and senior National Security Council officials, the senior administration official added.

 

The president tweeted again Monday, noting that the his administration is “accomplishing the unthinkable” and that the “Fake News is going ‘bonkers!'”

Fox News’ John Roberts continued on a long thread on his Twitter account, dropping some ideas about the real story: who is actually leaking the “fake news” to the press.

Twitter users seemed just as disgusted as the president.

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