The nation was shocked to learn last week that former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly had allegedly described President Donald Trump as “the most flawed person” he’d ever met.
According to the Washington Examiner, a CNN report alleged that Kelly made the remarks to friends, though the comments haven’t been otherwise confirmed.
Depths of dishonesty?
According to the Examiner, Kelly is a former Marine Corps general who served in Trump’s administration from July 2017 to January 2019. The relationship between Kelly and Trump soured during that period, which led to the announcement from the president in December 2018 that Kelly would soon be leaving the White House, as The Washington Post reported at the time.
If the CNN report is accurate, it seems Kelly still hasn’t gotten over it.
“[Trump] is the most flawed person I have ever met in my life,” Kelly allegedly told friends, according to a CNN report cited by the Examiner.
“The depths of his dishonesty is just astounding to me,” Kelly was said to have added of the president. “The dishonesty, the transactional nature of every relationship, though it’s more pathetic than anything else.”
“He was way over his head”
According to the Washington Examiner, Kelly’s comments are set to be broadcast Sunday during CNN’s The Insiders: A Warning from Former Trump Officials. In addition to Kelly, ex-Trump officials including former National Security Adviser John Bolton, former Department of Health and Human Services scientist Rick Bright, and former Department of Homeland Security general counsel John Mitnick will all be featured in the show.
Of course, it’s important to take their comments — and, in particular, Kelly’s — with a grain of salt.
The former Trump chief of staff has been pretty quiet as of late, though it’s true the president didn’t exactly give him a warm send-off.
Trump went from lauding Kelly “a great American” when he first joined the White House team to writing in a pair of tweets this February that the ex-chief of staff “came in with a bang, went out with a whimper.”
….which he actually has a military and legal obligation to do. His incredible wife, Karen, who I have a lot of respect for, once pulled me aside & said strongly that “John respects you greatly. When we are no longer here, he will only speak well of you.” Wrong!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 13, 2020