John Kelly On Trump: ‘The Most Flawed Person I Have Ever Met’

Former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly (screen capture)

A new report set to air Sunday night says former White House chief of staff, retired Marine Gen. John Kelly, has told friends that President Donald Trump “is the most flawed person” he’s ever known.

From CNN:

“The depths of his dishonesty is just astounding to me. The dishonesty, the transactional nature of every relationship, though it’s more pathetic than anything else. He is the most flawed person I have ever met in my life,” the retired Marine general has told friends, CNN has learned.

The reporting comes from a new CNN special to air Sunday night, “The Insiders: A Warning from Former Trump Officials,” in which former senior administration officials — including former national security adviser John Bolton, former Health and Human Services scientist Rick Bright and former Department of Homeland Security general counsel John Mitnick — explain why they think the President is unfit for office.

Kelly’s sentiments about the President’s transactional nature and dishonesty have been shared by other former members of the Trump administration who also appear in the special.

Olivia Troye, a former top adviser to Vice President Mike Pence, has said the President knew about the impact the coronavirus pandemic would have on the US by mid-February, but that “he didn’t want to hear it, because his biggest concern was that we were in an election year.”

Miles Taylor, a former DHS chief of staff who now serves as a CNN contributor, has asserted Trump essentially calls individuals within the federal government who disagree with him “deep state.”

News Round-Up: June 4, 2020

DJ Thiago Oliveira (via Instagram)

Some news items you might have missed:

InstaHunks: DJ Thiago Oliveira (above) getting in some straight-up social distancing at the beach in Spain. Follow the ‘Daddy Wolf’ on Instagram here.

NBC News: The Trump administration submitted a brief to the Supreme Court on Wednesday arguing that a taxpayer-funded organization should be able to refuse to work with same-sex couples and others whom the group considers to be in violation of its religious beliefs.

Out Music: Trey Pearson, who first found fame fronting the Christian rock band Everyday Sunday, channels LGBTQ Pride’s history of protest in his latest music video, “1984.” Pearson, who came out as gay four years ago, called the song “a love letter sent to us from the LGBT community of the ’80s” to inspire people in a time of crisis and uprising.

Washington Post: Donald Trump’s former chief of staff John F. Kelly defended former defense secretary Jim Mattis on Thursday over Mattis’s criticism of the president’s handling of nationwide protests. Kelly also dismissed Trump’s assertion that the president fired the retired general in 2018. “The president did not fire him. He did not ask for his resignation. The president has clearly forgotten how it actually happened or is confused.”

Out: Following fellow gay dating app Grindr, Jack’d and Scruff have announced they will disable their ethnicity filters in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. “We stand in solidarity with the fight against systemic racism and historic oppression of the Black community.”

Lincoln Project: The conservative anti-Trump PAC drops this new campaign ad writing, “Trump is no longer hiding that he’s a brazen authoritarian, so desiring of control and power that he’s willing to turn our once peaceful cities into #warzones.

Trump To Reporters: Chief Of Staff John Kelly Is Out

Soon-to-be former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly

I guess it’s official – White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is out (very soon).

From The Washington Post:

At the South Lawn on Saturday, President Trump said he’ll announce Kelly’s replacement in the next day or so. Kelly, a retired four-star Marine Corps general, has been the president’s top aide since late July 2017 and has had a rocky tenure.

Trump has chafed at Kelly’s management style and resisted some of his moves to instill discipline in the West Wing and contain chaos. In recent months, the chief of staff’s power has ebbed, and administration policies and decisions have been guided more by the president’s gut instincts than by Kelly’s processes.

Trump is widely expected to poach Vice President Mike Pence’s Chief of Staff, Nick Ayres, to replace.

News Round-Up: December 8, 2018

Hubby Michael (C) turns 50! Whoohoo!

Some news items you might have missed:

• My apologies, dear readers, for the light posting of late. Currently in Mexico celebrating my hubby’s 50th birthday 🙂

• A new study shows young black men are 16 times more likely to contract HIV than their young white gay peers.

• Woofy luger Chris Mazdzer’s ‘ice underwear tease’ is totally worth the clicking over to kenneth-in-the-212 for.

Olympic luger Chris Mazdzer

• Choreographer Justin Peck worked with A-list actors like Julia Roberts to create a series of short dance films that turn everyday experience into moments of musical magic.

• Chief of staff John Kelly is expected to step down in the coming days, according to two administration officials says Politico.

• First trailer for Avengers: Endgame is here. “Part of the journey is the end.”

Over 42 million views in a day.

• Meanwhile, back at Mantamar Beach Club in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and my hubby’s 50th celebration – it’s a virtual gay soup.

Trump Rants At Reports His Chief Of Staff Calls Him “An Idiot”

Donald Trump

Earlier today I shared that NBC News had spoken to several folks in the White House that say Chief of Staff John Kelly has referred to Donald Trump as an “idiot” on several occasions and could depart his position as soon as July.

As the story began to dominate the evening news, the Trumpster was clearly disturbed that anyone might view his administration (where people quit or are fired on a weekly basis) as anything but “smooth.”

Calling the story “unhinged,” Trump got in a swipe at the ongoing investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller (“witch hunt”) while bragging about “great Energy and unending Stamina.”

Classic Trump.

And hey – it’s just Monday!

NBC News: White House Chief Of Staff Kelly “Tired” Of Trump, Has Referred To Trump As An “Idiot” Several Times

Chief of Staff John Kelly

NBC News reports that Donald Trump and his Chief of Staff, John Kelly, have grown tired of each other and Kelly could make his exit from the White House as early as July.

White House chief of staff John Kelly has eroded morale in the West Wing in recent months with comments to aides that include insulting the president’s intelligence and casting himself as the savior of the country, according to 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.

Three White House spokespeople said they don’t believe it’s accurate that Kelly called the president an “idiot,” adding that none of them has ever heard him do that or otherwise use that word.

The last time it became public that one of Trump’s top advisers insulted his intelligence behind his back, it didn’t go over well with the president. White House aides have said Trump never got over former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calling him a “moron” in front of colleagues, which was first reported by NBC News. Trump later challenged Tillerson to an IQ test and fired him several months after the remark became public.

Kelly, a retired four-star general, is Trump’s second chief of staff.

Former RNC head Reince Priebus previously held the position. His tenure was the shortest of any non-interim Chief of Staff in American history.

UPDATE – But wait, there’s more:

UPDATE II – Kelly has released a statement denying the report by NBC News.

The statement reads, in part, “I spend more time with the President than anyone else and we have an incredibly candid and strong relationship. He always knows where I stand and he and I both know this story is total BS.”

"I spend more time with the President than anyone else and we have an incredibly candid and strong relationship. He always knows where I stand and he and I both know this story is total BS."

Rob Porter Was Under Consideration For WH Promotion When Domestic Abuse Allegations Made Public

Well, the news is not getting any better for the White House today.

In the aftermath of today’s revelation that the FBI informed the White House months ago that there were serious domestic abuse reports regarding former staff secretary Rob Porter, now comes word that he was in the process of being considered for a promotion even in light of his ex-wives’ testimony of physical abuse.

From CNN:

His anticipated elevation further highlights how top White House officials were willing to overlook indications from the FBI that there were potential abuse allegations in his background in exchange for professional competence in a tumultuous West Wing.

Porter had been actively lobbying to take on new policy portfolios outside the traditional scope of the staff secretary, one person familiar with the matter said, which included speechwriting duties and a role in planning policy rollouts. Neither of those tasks is traditionally carried out by the staff secretary.
One of the areas Porter was set to delve further into was trade policy, according to the person. Porter was a regular attendee at a weekly trade meeting among top-level administration officials.

He was also being considered for the deputy chief of staff position, another source familiar with the situation said. CNN reported Friday that Jim Carroll, who served as the deputy chief of staff for less than three months, was stepping down to helm the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

So, we know Chief of Staff John Kelly knew of the abuse allegations in January. But even so, Kelly would have promoted Porter if the press hadn’t reported on his ex-wives’ reports of abuse???

You can watch the video report on CNN here.

White House: It’s “Highly Inappropriate” To Question Chief Of Staff Kelly Even Though He Was Wrong

Yesterday, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly asserted that Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) boasted about raising money during an FBI dedication ceremony in 2015.

Wilson denied Kelly’s claim saying she wasn’t even in Congress when the funds to build the new FBI building in question were appropriated.

Well, of course, someone was going to find that footage of Wilson’s speech. And nowhere does she take credit for raising the funds to build the new FBI building. She does take credit for having the building named after two FBI agents.

And, she spends a big part of her speech praising the FBI and our law enforcement officials.

I can’t embed the video, but you can see it over on South Florida’s Sun-Sentinel website here.

At the White House press briefing today, members of the press asked press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders about the video which showed Kelly was inaccurate with his portrayal of Wilson’s speech.

Sanders told reporters that it is “highly inappropriate” to “go after” a four-star Marine general.

Since Ms. Sanders thinks it’s “highly inappropriate” to question or “go after” a military general, I wonder what she thinks of her boss, Donald Trump, “going after” these generals.

White House Chief Of Staff Confirms Trump Told Gold Star Family “He Knew What He Was Getting Into”

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly

This week, Donald Trump has been coping with yet another mess totally of his own making.

When asked about the four soldiers who were killed in action in Niger on October 4, Trump awkwardly segued in his response to noting that while he himself had contacted “every” family of fallen soldiers during his time in office, President Obama (and others before him) didn’t call the families of fallen soldiers.

Apart from being inaccurate, it opened a whole Pandora’s box of trouble for himself as the media has now found several gold star families who haven’t heard from Trump.

And then, in making a call to one of the fallen Niger soldiers, Sgt. La David Johnson, he apparently said during the conversation, “He knew what he signed up for.”

The wife of Johnson and Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson confirmed this telling the media it came across uncaring and disrespectful.

Just to be clear, Trump tweeted yesterday that Congresswoman Wilson “totally fabricated” her account of what she says she heard the president say.

Now, “totally fabricated” would mean to me that not a single word was accurate.

But today, Chief of Staff John Kelly, a former Marine General whose own son was killed in action, took to the podium at the White House briefing and admitted he coached Trump using words that sound very much like what Wilson recalled Trump of saying.

From CNN:

White House chief of staff John Kelly, in an extraordinary and at times emotional statement Thursday, said he advised President Donald Trump on what to say before he called the families of the four fallen soldiers who died during an ambush in Niger. Kelly said from the White House briefing room that he advised Trump to offer similar words that Gen. Joseph Dunford offered to Kelly when his son was killed in Afghanistan.

“He was doing exactly what he wanted to do when he was killed. He knew what he was getting into by joining that 1%. He knew what the possibilities were because we were at war,” Kelly said, channeling Dunford’s words to him upon the death of Kelly’s son. “And when he died he was surrounded by the best men on this earth, his friends. That’s what the President tried to say to the four families the other day.”

“He knew what he was getting into by joining that 1%.”

“He knew what he signed up for.”

They sound a whole lot alike, no?

“Totally fabricated” is hardly the way I’d describe that.

I don’t think Trump is evil – I think the problem is that Trump doesn’t connect on this kind of a personal, intimate level. He took in what he heard Kelly say, but didn’t know how to convey the empathy of the moment.

Watch Kelly explain, and verify Wilson’s account, below.

NYT: Donald Trump Can’t Stop Binge Watching Fox News

Donald Trump

While Donald Trump likes to publicly announce what a great job newly installed Chief of Staff John Kelly is doing, behind the scenes there are already moments of friction between the president and his keeper.

Via the New York Times:

President Trump was in an especially ornery mood after staff members gently suggested he refrain from injecting politics into day-to-day issues of governing after last month’s raucous rally in Arizona, and he responded by lashing out at the most senior aide in his presence.

It happened to be his new chief of staff, John F. Kelly.

Mr. Kelly, the former Marine general brought in five weeks ago as the successor to Reince Priebus, reacted calmly, but he later told other White House staff members that he had never been spoken to like that during 35 years of serving his country. In the future, he said, he would not abide such treatment, according to three people familiar with the exchange.

The article goes on to note that Kelly did not take the position of Chief of Staff because he needed it, but more as an act of duty.

The Times article also mentions that Trump can’t stop binge watching Fox News, which is apparently his main source of information.

Among other things, Kelly has apparently “thinned out” the daily news packets Trump gets. And in doing so has stopped including the more inflammatory articles from far-right outlets like Breitbart and The Daily Caller. So much so that Trump has asked where those articles were.