Kelly called Warren 'impolite,' 'arrogant:' report

White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE ripped into Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenLongtime Democratic pollster: Warren 'obvious solution' for Biden's VP pick The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - US virus deaths exceed 100,000; Pelosi pulls FISA bill Warren's VP bid faces obstacle: Her state's Republican governor MORE (D) in an email to a staffer last year after a conversation with the senator concerning President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump marks 'very sad milestone' of 100K coronavirus deaths DOJ: George Floyd death investigation a 'top priority' Lifting our voices — and votes MORE's travel ban, BuzzFeed reports.

In an email chain following a conversation with Warren about several constituents detained in Boston's Logan Airport under the travel ban despite having visas, Kelly, then the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, described Warren as "arrogant" and "impolite" to a subordinate.

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“Absolutely most insulting conversation I have ever had with anyone,” wrote Kelly in the email obtained by BuzzFeed News.

"What an impolite arrogant woman. She immediately began insulting our people accusing them of not following the court order, insulting and abusive behavior towards those covered by the pause, blah blah blah," he added, apparently mocking Warren's concerns.

Kevin Carroll, the department's senior counsel, responded. “Too bad Senate Majority Leader McConnell couldn’t order her to be quiet again!" he said, referring to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell urges people to wear masks: 'There's no stigma' Frustration builds in key committee ahead of Graham subpoena vote  Lack of child care poses major hurdle as businesses reopen MORE's (R-Ky.) use of Senate rules to silence the senator during a speech, a moment that quickly went viral.

"Warren is running for president so early, trying too hard, and chasing bad pitches,” Carroll added.

Warren's office and the White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment Thursday night on the emails. Kelly would be named White House chief of staff following the exit of Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusMeadows joins White House facing reelection challenges Trump names Mark Meadows as new chief of staff Mick Mulvaney's job security looks strong following impeachment MORE in July of that year.

The Massachusetts Democrat is a frequent target of Trump, who often attacks the liberal senator with the racially-charged "Pocahontas" epithet referring to her claims of Native American ancestry.