NBC: White House chief of staff told aides women 'more emotional' than men

White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE has rattled female staffers with his comments about women, according to a new report by NBC News quoting anonymous aides.

Kelly on multiple occasions has described women as being "more emotional" than men, according to the report, which cited four current and former officials.


The officials said Kelly has made the comments at least once in front of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE.

Three officials also told NBC that, during the height of the controversy over former staff secretary Rob Porter, who left the administration over allegations of domestic abuse from his ex-wives, Kelly questioned how much Porter would have to “endure” and why his ex-wives couldn’t “just move on.”

White House spokespeople cited by NBC said they hadn't seen Kelly have a negative effect on the morale of women working in the White House.

But the spokespeople also said that it was possible that Kelly had said women were more emotional than men. One of the spokespeople, according to NBC, said that "generally speaking, women are more emotional than men." 

They also said that Kelly often steps in if other aides use curse words in front of women in the White House. 

The comments about Kelly's interactions with women were included as part of a larger story questioning Kelly's future in the White House and suggesting that he and Trump are fed up with one another.

Sources told The Hill earlier this month that Kelly was losing influence in the West Wing, and it was also reported that Kelly “blew up” at the president and threatened to quit in March.

Kelly faced major backlash over his handling of the Porter scandal after it was reported that he knew about the accusations of domestic abuse against Porter before they were reported in the media.