Trump loyalists have reportedly nicknamed John Kelly 'the church lady'

President Trump lauded White House chief of staff John Kelly via Twitter on Friday morning, but a new report reveals the commander in chief may be privately frustrated with the retired Marine Corps general's control.

Since his stepping into the role previously held by Reince Priebus, Kelly has sought to stomp out the chaos of leaks and palace intrigue that has plagued the Trump administration in its first calendar year. According to the Washington Post, Trump loyalists say this crackdown approach runs counter to Trump's natural way of conducting White House business, and Kelly has now been dubbed "the church lady" by some close to the president.

Per the Washington Post report published on Thursday, several people close to the president say Trump resents Kelly's moves to restrict Oval Office access and keep the leader in direct paths of operation -- leading to the "church lady" nickname because they view him as morally superior and strict.

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Steve Bannon: Former White House chief strategist, no longer with the Trump administration
Jared Kushner: Son-in-law and senior adviser
Kellyanne Conway: Former Trump campaign manager, current counselor to the president
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Steve Mnuchin: Secretary of Treasury
Paul Manafort: Former Trump campaign chairman
Carter Page: Former foreign policy adviser to Trump's presidential campaign
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Melania Trump: Wife to President Trump and first lady of the United States
Jason Miller: Former White House communications director, no longer with the Trump administration
Hope Hicks: White House Director of Strategic Communications
Mike Dubke: Former White House communications director, no longer with the Trump administration
Stephen Miller: Trump senior policy adviser
Corey Lewandowski: Former Trump campaign manager
Eric Trump: Son to President Trump
Rex Tillerson: Secretary of State
Michael Flynn: Former National Security Advisor, no longer with the Trump administration
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"He’s having a very hard time," someone who had recently spoke with the president said. "He doesn’t like the way the media’s handling him. He doesn’t like how Kelly’s handling him. He’s turning on people that are very close to him."

Despite this report, Trump's external view of Kelly appears favorable.

"General John Kelly is doing a great job as Chief of Staff," the president tweeted on Friday morning. "I could not be happier or more impressed - and this Administration continues to get things done at a record clip. Many big decisions to be made over the coming days and weeks. AMERICA FIRST!"

The "church lady" nickname is, of course, a reference to Dana Carvey's classic Saturday Night Live skit that featured Carvey as an uptight, religious woman named "Enid Strict."

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