White Home Chief of Employees John Kelly emphatically denied an NBC Information report Monday that he has repeatedly referred to as President Trump "an fool" in conversations with aides. "He always knows where I stand and he and I both know this story is total BS".
"I am committed to the President, his agenda, and our country", Kelly concluded.
According to the report Mr Kelly had also cast himself as protecting the country from Mr Trump's intentions.
"Truly bad people!", Trump tweeted. When it came time to replace H.R. McMaster as national security adviser, Trump reportedly sidestepped Kelly altogether and chose John Bolton, who was not a Kelly pick. Kelly provided Trump with two names for consideration: Kobach and Kelly's deputy, Kirstjen Nielsen. When it comes to immigration and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the retired four-star general also sees himself as the one steering the president's hand and keeping him from acting like a fool.
The president, who lavished praise on Porter after the staffer's resignation, was reportedly privately furious with Kelly's response to the situation.
One US official commented on the tension, saying: "I don't think anybody is surprised that he and the President have had disagreements in the past".
"He doesn't even understand what DACA is". If anything, they said during meetings Kelly is the "bigger gentleman" who steps in when aides use foul language to note "a lady is present" and similarly says he shouldn't use foul language in front of a lady if he's used an expletive.
The president grew angry past year when NBC reported that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called the president a "moron".
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".
Zach Fuentes, assistant to the chief of staff and special assistant to the president, reaffirmed Kelly's statement, telling ABC News the story is "complete BS". "He's an idiot", and "We've got to save him from himself".