Trump quietly growing irritated with some officials: report

Trump quietly growing irritated with some officials: report
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President Trump has silently been growing frustrated by some top advisers and Cabinet members for tightening White House controls and contradicting him on policy issues, according to a new report by The Washington Post.

Friends of Trump told the Post that while the president has spent August dedicated to dealing with North Korea, proposing tax plans and addressing the catastrophic damages wrought by Hurricane Harvey, his frustration with some top aides is simmering.

One subject of Trump's alleged growing ire is Economic Council Director Gary Cohn for disapproving of the president's response to violence at a white supremacist rally Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month. 

Cohn reportedly drafted a resignation letter in response to Trump's controversial comments on Charlottesville. 


He also told The Financial Times last week that "this administration can and must do better in consistently and unequivocally condemning these groups," referring to the white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups that gathered to protest the removal of a Confederate statue.

Trump is reportedly also frustrated with Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonLawmakers to roll out legislation reorganizing State cyber office New State Department cyber bureau stirs opposition Blinken tells State Department staff 'I have your back' MORE for breaking with him on Afghanistan troop numbers and Cuba policy.

Friends of Trump told the Post that Trump views Tillerson as “totally establishment” in his policy views. 

The Post also reported that Trump is peeved by chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE for more closely regulating access to the Oval Office.

"He’s having a very hard time,” a friend of Trump told the newspaper. “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.”

According to the Post, Trump loyalists in the White House refer to Kelly as "the church lady" for his strict handling. 

Sources also told the paper that Trump continues to seek outside advice from friends and advisers, including former chief strategist Stephen Bannon.

Trump, however, has continued to speak very highly of Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general, whom he fondly calls "chief."

"He's brought something special to the office," Trump told reporters at his Bedminster, N.J., golf club earlier this month. "I call him 'chief.' "

"He's a respected man. He's a four-star from the Marines, and he carries himself like a four-star from the Marines," the president added. "And he's my friend, which is very important."

The Post reported that Trump has still highly praised Kelly even in private.