Trump and Kelly 'barely tolerating' each other: report

Trump and Kelly 'barely tolerating' each other: report
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White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE has loosened his grip amid a worsening relationship with President TrumpDonald John TrumpCDC updates website to remove dosage guidance on drug touted by Trump Trump says he'd like economy to reopen 'with a big bang' but acknowledges it may be limited Graham backs Trump, vows no money for WHO in next funding bill MORE, Politico reported late Sunday.

The news outlet reported that Kelly has essentially given up on trying to control the president’s impulses. He told at least one person that he will let the president do what he wants, even if it results in impeachment.


Kelly, who served as the secretary of Homeland Security prior to becoming chief of staff, reportedly warned current Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenHillicon Valley: Twitter falling short on pledge to verify primary candidates | Barr vows to make surveillance reforms after watchdog report | DHS cyber chief focused on 2020 Sen. Kennedy slams acting DHS secretary for lack of coronavirus answers The 'accidental director' on the front line of the fight for election security MORE, his chief of staff while he led the department, against attending Monday's White House press briefing.

Nielsen fielded questions on the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy that has led to the separation of thousands of migrant children from their parents. She defended the policy and declared "Congress alone can fix it," despite the practice resulting from an order from Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Guidance on masks is coming The Hill's Campaign Report: Coronavirus forces Democrats to postpone convention Roy Moore to advise Louisiana pastor arrested for allegedly defying ban on large gatherings MORE.

The relationship between Kelly and Trump has soured over the course of the last several months. Multiple media reports have indicated the chief of staff could leave the White House, and that Trump has grown unhappy with him.

In April, Kelly denied a report that he called Trump an “idiot.”

“I spend more time with the president than anyone else and we have an incredibly candid and strong relationship," Kelly said at the time.

"I am committed to the president, his agenda, and our country," he added. "This is another pathetic attempt to smear people close to President Trump and distract from the administration’s many successes."