Trump Calls Reince Priebus To Bitch About John Kelly As Rob Porter Scandal Continues To Roil White House

The New York Times reports:

Among the many people agitated this week over John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, was President Trump. And among the people the president called to express dissatisfaction, according to those close to him, was none other than Reince Priebus, the previous chief of staff, who also irritated Mr. Trump.

The idea that the president would confide grievances over Mr. Kelly with the person he pushed out to hire Mr. Kelly is yet another indication of how upside-down Mr. Trump’s world can be. In the West Wing, various characters fall in and out of favor with such rapidity that it is never entirely clear who has the president’s ear.

For now, it is Mr. Kelly who is in trouble. The president has little tolerance for aides who attract negative media attention that spills onto him, and in recent days Mr. Kelly has drawn a string of unwelcome headlines. He roiled negotiations over immigration legislation by declaring that some immigrants were “too lazy” to apply for legal status. And he initially defended a deputy accused by two ex-wives of physically abusing them.

New York Magazine reminds us of some recent history:

Over the past seven months, John Kelly kept dropping strong hints that while he might be the “adult in the room” at the White House, he wasn’t all that different from the other characters on President Trump’s team.

In October he used his credibility as a retired Marine Corps general whose son was killed in Afghanistan to attack a congresswoman who reported that Trump made insensitive remarks to a soldier’s widow. When it turned out he’d made false accusations against the congresswoman he refused to apologize.

Kelly went on to defend Confederate General Robert E. Lee as “an honorable man” and claim “the lack of an ability to compromise” cause the Civil War. He said some of candidate Trump’s comments on immigration were “uninformed,” earning a public rebuke from the president. Then this week he said some undocumented immigrants were “too lazy to get off their asses” and apply for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

  • gaycuckhubby

    I’m confused about how this scandal has existed for more than a day and a half. Compared to other things his administration has done it seems almost trivial. Don’t get me wrong I’m glad that people are paying attention. I’m just surprised

    • Todd20036

      Straw back camel

    • Michael R

      They only survive by creating a distracting new scandal every few days .

      • Leo

        …to distract from the previous one.

    • Leo

      I have to agree. I think it’s the peak of a confluence of events, including Kelly’s past problems and the #MeToo movement.

      • gaycuckhubby

        To clarify I don’t think it’ll last more than two more days, just surprised this lasted more than 12 hours

      • Rambie

        Agreed, there is enough hooks here into other recent news stories for them to run with this far longer than it’d normally get. I too think it’ll be overtaken by other news items here soon and Kelly will remain in his position.

    • safari

      Kelly has two or three times now grabbed a news cycle. That upsets Donald.

    • Throw enough nasty things at a wall, some of them will stick longer.

  • Todd20036

    In other words, Nazis refuse to admit that women have had enough being treated like shit

  • netxtown

    “upside-down Mr. Trump’s world can be”

    upside down?? more like helter skelter.

  • Boreal
  • JT

    Trump Calls Reince Priebus To Bitch About John Kelly As Rob Porter Scandal Continues To Roil White House

    Poor widdle fake preznit. He’s got no one to talk to who understands him. Sad.

    • Rambie

      Putin must have been too busy

  • That_Looks_Delicious
    • clay

      “Executive Time”

    • kareemachan

      This is CLASSIC.

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    Priebus recommended Stormy Daniels as Kelly’s replacement. She has a proven history of being able to handle a staff.

    • Friday’s_cat

      More like wiener wink.

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        More like a toothpick.

      • charemor

        A vienna sausage?

  • pj

    who could have guessed that chumps white house would turn out to be such a shit show. im so surprised.

    • Gerry Fisher

      You look it. 😉

      • pj

        my resting bitch face.

  • Keith D Plane

    I’m betting Kelly is gone by Monday.

    • Leo

      Axios saying Trump doesn’t have it in him, according to ‘multiple sources’

      • safari

        He has no one else to turn to.

        • clay

          That late night call to Reince, like calling his ex for comfort as the next relationship breaks up.

    • Friday’s_cat

      Later today?

    • safari

      I’ll have to wait for Sarah to say that Donald has complete confidence in him later today.

      • kareemachan

        Was her left eye twitching? Either it’s a tell or a cry for help. I’m betting on the former.

      • clay

        I wonder if, like Hicks, Huckleberry-Sanders is ALSO recusing herself on this?

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Curiously, Breitbart has been completely silent on this (Porter/Kelly) story so far. FoxNews doesn’t have anything about it either.

      They must be really scared of what Donnie will do if Kelly isn’t there to manage him.

      • -M-

        Kelly’s been really good at promoting their racist and anti immigrant agenda. I’m sure they’d miss him.

  • Rex

    Honestly, I’ve been holding out on saying “I told you so”, but anyone who had any idea who Donald Trump is and voted for him anyway can’t be surprised by the turmoil in the White House. This could have all been avoided by voting for the person that was qualified for the job, but no, this is the evil they chose. I don’t want to hear any whining or I shouldn’t have voted for him. He proved, long before he was elected, that he was unfit for the job. I’m still going to hold out on saying “I told you so” until he’s lead away from the White House in shame. I’ve waited this long, I can wait a little longer.

    • Friday’s_cat

      “I voted for the Lesser Evil because Benghazi/email/Clinton Foundation”
      Nope you voted Trump because you’re a Klan Tiki-Nazi.

      • clay

        I voted for the Lesser Evil because “Benghazi / email / Clinton Foundation”, too, but my candidate’s not in office because (in part) three ineligible PA state electors (one of whom is actually in the state legislature) voted for the other guy.

        • -M-

          This. I never thought Hillary was a saint, but the Sarandons and trolls that said she would be as bad as or worse than one of the Republicans, that’s was just insane. And even if she were just one step short of being a Republican, at least she wouldn’t have been working to undermine voting rights, anti-discrimination laws, access to healthcare, environmental protections, or safety regulations – much less trashing America’s credibility on the world stage as an ally or trading partner.

          • JCF

            Hillary a saint? Depends what day you ask me. Certainly, she did/said things I would have done differently. Or rather, she did things that I THINK I would have said/done differently…but I didn’t have a well-developed network (on TV, literally!) HATING ME for 30 years. I can’t know how that would have affected me.

      • Chucktech

        “I voted for the Lesser Evil because Benghazi/email/Clinton Foundation and Trump isn’t a colored guy or a woman.”

        • JCF

          ” isn’t a colored guy or a woman.”

          You misspelled the N-word and the C-word.

    • #DJTK5F

      Speaking with a close relative out of whose vagina I emerged some time ago, I heard a Trump supporter’s perspective articulated thusly: “That was then. This is now. He’s not doing those things anymore. And Hillary Clinton supports abortion!”

      Can’t wait for that probate court date.

      • Todd20036

        What is trump not doing anymore?

        • Rambie

          Don’t try logic on the ravings of a Trump supporter, it’ll just hurt your brain.

          • Chris Gardner

            True because according to them, he is doing an amazing job.

          • Rambie

            Yup, I’ve tilted at that windmill myself. Though a few of extended family have grown more disillusioned of him they still say he was the “better choice”. /sigh

      • clay

        Hilary Clinton did more to support adoption, and reduce abortion demand, than any supply-side “pro-life” politician.

        • -M-

          And Planned Parenthood prevents more abortions every year than the entire forced-birth movement ever has. Through birth control, through STD prevention and treatment, through prenatal care, through health screenings and cancer detection.

          • marshlc

            Yep. Anyone who claims to be against abortion but does not support low cost easily available birth control is full of shit. If you want to lower abortion rates, prevent unwanted pregnancy.

      • Gerry Fisher

        False logic used to cover up the real reason for surrendering a vote to him.

        On the one hand, believing that a candidate will restrict abortion is reason enough for some people to vote for that person. On the other hand, anyone with half a brain would know that Donald Trump doesn’t care one wit about abortions one way or the other.

        • prixator

          Donald Trump doesn’t care one wit about abortions one way or the other.

          Well, other than the ones he has procured for his mistresses.

      • Reasoning101

        The fact that American Republicans couldn’t get excited enough about John McCain or Mitt Romney to actually get them elected President, but actually did it for Donald Trump, speaks volumes about where that electorate base really is, politically and demographically. Or maybe this time Russian hacking contributed. In any case, Americans weren’t ready to get really worked up about a Republican candidate until (1) Donald Trump appeared and (2) Hillary Clinton ran.

        The ugliness saw this as its chance to burst to the forefront. It was like watching The Alien chest birth all over again.

    • I’ve waited this long, I can wait a little longer.

      I hope we survive the wait, honestly.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      I’m with you. On any given day, I am much angrier at the voters who voted for Trump than I am at Trump himself. As much of a liar as he is, Trump was actually pretty upfront and honest during the campaign about what a disaster he would be and is. Politicians can’t say that, but it was the voters in a few states who fucked up colossally. And, no, nobody is *THAT* stupid that they could have been fooled about any of it (people who are that stupid don’t vote because they can’t figure out how to put on their shoes or how to operate a door). They did it knowingly and on purpose. They voted for the hate because they love the hate.

      • Rex

        Some may have hated Trump, but they despise the Democrats and loathe Hillary. And, you’re correct, they love the hate.

      • CanuckDon

        I agree. The Trump ogre was there all through the years but it was the absolute goofs out there that catapulted him into the world sphere…although what really gets me incensed are all of those asshole blue collar men out there who willingly voted for him despite his reputation of ripping off so many blue collar types throughout his business practices. They basically spit on their male peers which is unforgivable.

        • Gerry Fisher

          One had to ignore an awful lot to vote for Donald Trump. But racism and sexism will put blinders on a person.

          • JCF

            Racists and sexists put blinders on themselves.

        • Chucktech

          Deplorables and stoopids.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        And they hate the love.

    • Rambie

      Just hope you get to say “I told you so” before the start of WWIII

    • Frostbite

      Yeah Rex, but her emails!

    • kareemachan

      Bu…bu…but…. BERNIE!!!12! JILL!!!11!!!

    • Bambino

      Many of us laugh out loud at the thought of him entering the Republican primaries. What we did not foresee is the number of voters actually voted for him.

      • clay

        I didn’t laugh, but I did think he’d crash, burn, and pout it out soon after Super Tuesday.

    • Dave B
      • JCF

        But he wasn’t unfit for Putin’s purposes! Nor the 1%’s.

      • JT

        He should still be blamed for what he’s doing. A murderer who announces his intent is not thereby absolved of his crime.

    • Gerry Fisher

      The whole Omarosa “I wouldn’t vote for him again in a million years” is so aggravating. What made her think that she should vote for a lying, conning, business bankrupting, reality TV star deserved her vote in the first place? THAT’S the issue.

    • Nic Peterson

      Don’t leave out the part about his family following him to prison and every visible vestige of his brand is ripped from the public square. Then finish me off with the Trump name becoming a national marker of shame and the end of the GOP.

      And because Bobby Mueller is taking such a long time, go put on those chaps I like.k

  • #DJTK5F

    BREAKING Update: Alleged rumors of Rob Porter having sex with Jethrine Huckleberry on Trump’s Oval Office desk while John Kelly stroked himself are gross to imagine!

  • netxtown

    Wish i could say i felt bad for kelly – but he knew what he was getting in to – and he made the conscious choice to sully ‘retired Marine Corps general”.

    • Bambino

      Anyone and everyone knows what will happen when they decide to work with a piece of turd. Somehow they think they can get away smelling like roses and profit from the idiot. Never going to happen. The real smart one curtailed their greed and watch from the sideline.

    • Stev84

      That assumes that that titles deserves automatic respect. It doesn’t. The Marine Corps has the highest rate of sexual assault and rape. I wouldn’t be surprised if the rate of domestic abuse also isn’t significantly higher than the other branches. Misogyny is essential to its culture. Hardly a surprise with people like Kelly in charge.

  • safari

    What’s missing from this picture is that the conveyor comes back around.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b07a421cac1dd7a3cac68ca1190764c7f2c39b1260d472f7fb573468e8280b0d.jpg

    • Harveyrabbit

      With a brief stopover at FOX or CNN first.

      • Strepsi

        yep! “FOX contributer” or “pundit” or “consultancy” or “dancing with the stars/big brother/awards show nonsense”

  • Rex

    Fire him, hire him back – if it works for Omarosa, it can work for Reince or Kelly.

  • PickyPecker
  • Rex

    Slow week for Trump
    – The Dow fell over 1,000 points, twice
    – Trump called Democrats “treasonous”
    – Trump asks for a military parade
    – Rob Porter resigned for domestic abuse
    – John Kelly and Sarah Sanders defended Porter
    – Trump said “I’d love to see a shutdown”
    – The government did shut-down, for a second time

    • I think one of my biggest fears is this will start to feel “normal.” Because this is not and should never be “normal.” You know?

    • Rambie

      Shutdown will end as soon as he signs the bill which will give him another chance to gloat about how he made-the-deal.

  • Harveyrabbit
  • Gustav2

    I thought Orin Hatch was blaming Priebus for the rumors about Porter.

    • Gustav2

      Ooops they were blaming Lewandowski

      Two White House officials told Sen. Orrin Hatch’s (R-UT) office that a forthcoming story from the Daily Mail with abuse allegations was the product of a “smear campaign” against Porter. The officials laid some of the blame on former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and claimed that he had been researching Porter’s past, per the Daily Beast. Both Lewandowski and Porter have dated White House Communications Director Hope Hicks.

      https://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/rob-porter-claims-smear-campaign

      • Gerry Fisher

        Is it technically a smear campaign if he really did beat his wives/girlfriends?

    • clay

      Orrin Hatch has claimed that Porter said there were people out to get him before Hatch, or Priebus, had heard from his ex-wives. This would be before Porter was in the White House, before Porter was dating Hicks, so before Lewandowsky would have cared. The timeline seems to support that Porter was defensive scum, more than Porter was a victim of Hope’s ex-boyfriend.

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        He also called his ex-girlfriend to find out if she had used the word “violent” referring to him when talking to police. Sounds like a gem.

    • CanuckDon

      Within the discussion last night on Lawrence O’Donnell, the panel realized that Reince Priebus also needs to be questioned on why he was okay with Porter. Lawyer Joyce Vance was part of that discussion group…..what a powerhouse personality!

  • Joe in PA

    The president has little tolerance for aides who attract negative media attention…. Right. That’s a feature not a bug. He loves it. And all those “bad things” that Kelly did: the lazy remark, false accusations etc etc Trump LOVES that shit.

    Also, this dust up over Kelly knowing about the abuse allegations…Rancid Penis had to know as well. This didn’t start with Kelly.

    • Ross

      The president has little tolerance for aides who attract negative media attention

      CORRECTED:

      The president has little tolerance for aides who take media attention away from him

  • Bluto
  • tbj5

    John Kelly isn’t a great person.

    Javanka and pals are trying to use this to get Kelly fired.

    Those two statements aren’t mutually exclusive .

  • clay

    [twelve minutes into the call, Reince cuts in for the first time] “Uh, I’m sorry, but we’re not together any more; this doesn’t concern me; you ended us.”

    • Gerry Fisher

      “That’s too bad, sir. I wish you all the best with it. [click]”

  • Natty Enquirer

    We found out who John Kelly was last October when he stood on solders’ tombstones to shout reactionary nonsense at us.

  • kareemachan

    Gee, I’m not shocked that kelly has done and said what he has. A few months ago, yes. Now? Nope.

  • worstcultever

    Pretty soon Joke Prez Baldy will run out of shoulders to cry on. Even WH comfort woman/punching bag Hope Hicks will refuse to steam his pants anymore! His pool of fluffers/pants-steamers will be reduced to that woman with the “TRUMP can grab my [down arrow]” t-shirt!

  • SDG

    What a bunch of nasty bitches!

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      “Real Housewives” are taking notes for future episodes.

      • SDG

        Hahahaha

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    I won’t miss him if he does get bounced. I only wish Stephen Miller was going with him.

    • No, we need the entire administration to be tossed out on their fat asses, pence too. Hellz, while we are cleaning things up, the turtle and ryan can both be tossed out with yesterday’s fish, the trash is beginning to smell.

  • boatboy_srq

    I laugh at GoT addicts because outside the magical/paranormal aspects everything that happens in those books is an echo of the Wars of the Roses and of various other intrigues. Lord Dampnut seems convinced thst this is how normal politics operates, sans the gruesome body count (for now).

    • clay

      For all I know, this IS how “normal” politics operates within the Trump Organization.

      • boatboy_srq

        Body count is too low, and severed body parts too few.

    • Stev84

      The author was always very open that that’s where he got the idea

      • boatboy_srq

        Borrowed from it rather liberally, in fact. I find the histories more interesting, largely because those events really happened.

  • sadoldguy

    If trump does fire kelly, who will be the replacement disaster?

    • It Takes a Village, People

      Gary Busey? Zombie Joan Rivers? Snookie? Leeza Gibbons? Stephen Baldwin? Gene Simmons?

      • ETownCanuck

        Ivanka.

      • Robincho

        Vanna. She can turn stuff…

    • At this point, I don’t think it matters. Nothing matters that occurs in the White House as long as it has a trump infection. No one person will change him, or control him or make things work more smoothly.

      • Gerry Fisher

        I agree. Kelly is as good as it gets, and it’s been a sh*t show.

  • boobert

    Anyone who works for him, past, present and future, is just as nuts as he is !

    • Gerry Fisher

      They all think they can ride it for quick fame and fortune, controlling him long enough to get what they want. They’re all crazy for attempting it. NYC and US lenders got wise many years ago, which is why Trump had to take his act on the road and get in bed with Russian oligarchs.

  • JackNasty

    Trump’s bizarre behavior reminds me of the behavior of prescription drug addicted relatives I lived with as a child.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Fox News: “Traitor Kelly is on the outs as President Stable Genius confers with Priebus.”

    CNN: “President Trump today consulted with Reince Priebus in determining what he should do about Kelly regarding the Porter scandal. He’s being presidential.”

    Global Media: “On today’s episode of Mean Girls: The White House”

  • Gerry Fisher

    “Reince, my new best friend is a big, fat jerk! Wanna be my best friend again?!” He’s like an unstable 11 year-old.

    • TrollopeReader

      the Oval Office rug must be full of temper-tantrum marks.

  • Hunter M

    Someone needs a new babysitter.

  • The Milkman

    This is like when someone calls their ex to bitch about their current girlfriend.

    • Gianni

      It’s pretty ridiculous for sure, but that’s how Dear Leader rolls, unfortunately. He’s is so clueless.

  • JWC

    I would like to see Kelly and Miller ousted hopefully McGann would be the “adult”

  • Marty Pavelka

    I’ve had experience with a borderline/narcissist and can just imagine the conversation. “…Aw, Reince…I didn’t want to fire you, you made me fire you. I had to do it, don’t you understand? If only you’d realized how bad you were to me and changed, then I wouldn’t have had to it and hire John. Now John is just awful and I need an ear. You owe me that, buddy…” Blargh.

  • Lindoro Almaviva
    • Gianni

      I thought the same thing. Just hang up on the doofus. Why sit there listening to that whiny blather? Maybe, Reince fancies getting his old job back.

  • JCF
  • stanhope

    Miss Reince, back in favor from the bushes LOL. I guess she douched so she is ready for some more trump bareback LOL