Tag Archives: John Kelly

Sarah Sanders: John Kelly Grimaced At Trump’s Attack On Germany Because He Didn’t Like His Breakfast

The Washington Post reports: President Trump kicked off his trip to Europe with a biting critique of the United States’ longtime allies, declaring at a breakfast meeting that Germany “is captive to Russia.” Next to him, three of his senior officials seemed uncomfortable at times, pursing their lips and glancing away from the table. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg remains ...

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REPORT: John Kelly Has Given Up On Trying To Rein In Trump’s Wild Behavior Even If It Leads To Impeachment

Politico reports: Kelly’s status in the White House has changed in recent months, and he and the president are now seen as barely tolerating one another. According to four people close to Kelly, the former Marine general has largely yielded his role as the enforcer in the West Wing as his relationship with Trump has soured. While Kelly himself once ...

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John Kelly: The WH Is A “Miserable Place To Work”

The New York Times reports: President Trump has gone overseas to embark on some of the most consequential diplomatic negotiations of his tenure, threatening an all-out trade war with allies and seizing a chance to make peace with a nuclear-armed menace. But back home, he left behind a West Wing where burned-out aides are eyeing the exits, as the mood ...

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White House Announces Meeting With DOJ And FBI To Review “Highly Classified Information” On Russia Probe

PBS NewsHour reports: The White House says President Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff John Kelly plans to “immediately set up a meeting” with congressional leaders and the FBI, Justice Department and Director of National Intelligence to review “highly classified and other information they have requested” related to the Russia investigation. Rep. Devin Nunes, an ardent Trump supporter and head of ...

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Trump Advisers Slam Nielsen As “Never Trumper”

Politico reports: President Donald Trump’s frustration with Kirstjen Nielsen, which boiled over Wednesday in a Cabinet meeting tirade, has been growing for weeks — stoked by associates who have privately made the case that she’s a closeted “never Trumper” who still doesn’t fully back his agenda. Trump’s advisers have been increasingly criticizing the Homeland Security chief in private conversations with ...

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Fox News: Lewandowski Might Replace John Kelly

Howard Kurtz writes for Fox News: There are growing whispers that if John Kelly is eased out or bails out as White House chief of staff, the job could go to Corey Lewandowski. I can report, based on my sources, that the president and his first campaign manager have discussed that possibility. Lewandowski has said he would accept a White ...

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LIVE VIDEO: White House Press Briefing

This one should be fun: White House press secretary Sarah Sanders will take reporters’ questions starting at 2:30 p.m. ET. This is the first White House briefing since the correspondents’ dinner, where Michelle Wolf delivered a controversial set. Trump’s upcoming meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, the President’s attacks on the Russia probe and other topics could come up. ...

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Glorious Leader Melts Down Over “Idiot” Report

Via Mediaite: President Trump, likely in response to the new reporting about John Kelly calling him an “idiot,” went off on the “Fake News” yet again tonight. NBC News reported earlier today that Kelly has called the President an “idiot” on multiple occasions. And perhaps Trump was watching CNN’s reporting tonight before tweeting, for that network reported Kelly used the ...

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REPORT: John Kelly Repeatedly Called Trump “An Idiot”

NBC News reports: 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 ...

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Your Daily “Fake News” Rant From Glorious Leader

Three tweets already this morning but nothing about the man who died yesterday in his “well built building.” From the Post story that has him raging: After White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly pressured President Trump last fall to install his top deputy, Kirstjen Nielsen, atop the Department of Homeland Security, the president lost his temper when conservative ...

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EXPOSED: Trump Administration Partners With Outside Right Wingers To Purge “Disloyal” Career Civil Servants

Talking Points Memo reports: A trove of e-mails obtained by House Democrats reveal efforts by top State Department officials — working hand in hand with the White House, outside conservatives and right-wing media — to sideline and demote career civil servants who are seen as disloyal to President Trump. The report on the emails set off alarm bells across Washington, ...

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CNN Recaps White House’s “Hot Mess” Week [VIDEO]

Mediaite reports: You aren’t alone if you’re having trouble keeping track of all that happened this week in Washington. At the top of this afternoon’s The Lead, CNN’s Jake Tapper valiantly attempted to recap this week’s big news while issuing a disclaimer that something else may break within the hour to overtake an already overstuffed news cycle. “Chaos has been ...

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REPORT: White House To Boot H.R. McMaster

NBC News reports: The White House is preparing to replace H.R. McMaster as national security adviser as early as next month in a move orchestrated by chief of staff John Kelly and Defense Secretary James Mattis, according to five people familiar with the discussions. The move would be the latest in a long string of staff shakeups at the White ...

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Trump Family Blames Kelly For Kushner’s Woes

Axios reports: The Trump family — and the president’s oldest son, Don Jr., in particular — was angry about the overwhelmingly negative TV coverage about Jared Kushner last night, and feels White House Chief of Staff Kelly is hanging Jared out to dry, a source familiar with the situation tells Axios. Why it matters: Over the past few weeks I’ve ...

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Kushner Loses Top-Secret Security Clearance

Politico reports: Presidential son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner has had his security clearance downgraded — a move that will prevent him from viewing many of the sensitive documents to which he once had unfettered access. Kushner is not alone. All White House aides working on the highest-level interim clearances — at the Top Secret/SCI-level — were informed in a memo ...

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Reuters: McMaster And Kelly Might Be Quitting

Reuters reports: Longstanding friction between U.S. President Donald Trump and two top aides, the National Security Adviser and the Chief of Staff, has grown to a point that either or both might quit soon, four senior administration officials said. Both H.R. McMaster and John Kelly are military men considered by U.S. political observers as moderating influences on the president by ...

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Kushner Battles Kelly Over Security Clearance

The New York Times reports: Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, is resisting giving up his access to highly classified information, prompting an internal struggle with John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, over who should be allowed to see some of the nation’s most sensitive secrets, according to White House officials and others briefed on ...

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REPORT: Kushner Requests More Intel Than Most White House Staffers Despite Having No Security Clearance

The Washington Post reports: White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly announced Friday that beginning next week, the White House will no longer allow some employees with interim security clearances access to top-­secret information — a move that could threaten the standing of Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law. Kushner, a senior adviser to the president, has been able to ...

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Kelly Orders Overhaul Of Security Clearance Process

The New York Times reports: John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, ordered an overhaul of the process for granting security clearances, acknowledging that mistakes and shortcomings were exposed by the handling of marital abuse allegations against one of President Trump’s top aides. In a five-page memo distributed Friday afternoon to White House staff, Mr. Kelly suggested that ...

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REPORT: Accused Wife Beater Rob Porter Was Up For White House Promotion When News Broke [VIDEO]

Mediaite reports: You can’t make this up. With FBI Director Christopher Wray contradicting the White House’s story on when they knew about the allegations that ex-staffer Rob Porter abused his ex-wives, CNN is now reporting that Porter was under consideration for a promotion when the accusations publicly surfaced last week. “We’re learning not only did he take an important role ...

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