Kelly calls 'BS' on report he called Trump an idiot

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During the meeting, Kelly reportedly said that Trump "doesn't even understand what DACA is".

Mr Trump appeared to react to the report on Twitter Monday night, tweeting his own denial as well, calling the stories "false". "We've got to save him from himself".

During one exchange between Kelly and Trump early in 2018, sources said, Kelly made a strong case to keep USA troops in South Korea, changing the president's mind about ordering the complete withdrawal from the region.

"He always knows where I stand and he and I both know this story is total BS", he said on Monday.

Colbert also noted that, according to the report, Kelly has boasted, "If I weren't here, we would've entered WWIII or the president would have been impeached". Instead, the president engages the press in more informal settings that aides say offer reporters far more access, more often, than past administrations.

The NBC report additionally acknowledged that Kelly has solid himself as a defending the nation from Trump's impulses and that Trump was rising uninterested in Kelly's perspective.

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According to the report, "He has referred to Trump as "an idiot" multiple times to underscore his point, according to four officials who say they've witnessed the comments".

The chief of staff's alleged criticisms of the president have been demoralizing to aides, the NBC sources said. Porter was forced to quit his job when the accusations were publicized.

Kelly is Trump's second chief of employees, having been appointed to the place this previous July to interchange Reince Priebus.

Calling the president an "idiot" might have been the beginning of the end for former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who reportedly made the comment about Mr. Trump at a Pentagon meeting last summer.

These officials told NBC that Kelly is in the Oval Office "more than anyone else".

This is not the first time Kelly has been the subject of controversy or linked to chaos inside the White House during his nine-month tenure as chief of staff. The chief of staff has a long history of racist, ruthless politics: He cracked down people in prison who went on a hunger strike while he was running Guantanamo, he believes that waterboarding "absolutely" works, and has said that a "lack of compromise" led to the Civil War.