President Donald Trump denied once again that his new chief of staff, John Kelly, is making waves at the White House and he's frustrated with him.
Trump says he 'could not be happier or more impressed' with Kelly, the retired four-star general he transferred from Homeland Security to the White House at the end of July.
The president lauded Kelly at an event Wednesday in Missouri as he spoke about a downswing in illegal border traffic. Secretly, he's chafing at Kelly's command structure, though, the Washington Post said in a report yesterday evening.
President Donald Trump denied once again that his new chief of staff, John Kelly, is making waves at the White House and he's frustrated with him
The Post said the president longs for the pre-Kelly days when aides had unfettered access to him.
Trump respects the general who previously served as his Homeland Security secretary, but he's struggling to adjust to the strict order Kelly introduced at 1600 Penn, aides and friends of the president indicated.
'He’s having a very hard time,' a friend who spoke to Trump just this week said. 'He doesn’t like the way the media’s handling him. He doesn’t like how Kelly’s handling him. He’s turning on people that are very close to him.'
The president last week blasted 'fake news' on Twitter as he responded to a report in the New York Times that attested to tension with Kelly over his moves to turn the White House into a more professional environment.
'General John Kelly is doing a fantastic job as Chief of Staff. There is tremendous spirit and talent in the W.H. Don't believe the Fake News,' Trump said in a tweet.
Trump came to Kelly's defense again this morning after the Post delved into the details of recent flare ups between the president and his chief of staff.
'General John Kelly is doing a great job as Chief of Staff. I could not be happier or more impressed - and this Administration continues to.....get things done at a record clip. Many big decisions to be made over the coming days and weeks. AMERICA FIRST!' Trump said.
The Post said Trump roared at Kelly after he found out that a group of