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 TrumpMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine Trump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' 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 NielsenEx-Trump official: 'No. 1 national security threat I've ever seen' is GOP Left-leaning group to track which companies hire former top Trump aides Rosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' 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 SessionsWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Democrat stalls Biden's border nominee Garland strikes down Trump-era immigration court rule, empowering judges to pause cases 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."