White House chief of staff John Kelly reportedly called the White House a “miserable place to work.”
“Several high-profile aides, including John F. Kelly…are said to be thinking about how much longer they can stay,” a New York Times report on Sunday noted. “Last week, Mr. Kelly told visiting senators that the White House was ‘a miserable place to work,’ according to a person with direct knowledge of the comment.”
The report goes on to say, based on inside sources, that Kelly is “beaten down.”
Kelly’s influence over President Trump is said to have diminished since he took on the chief of staff role last year.
In fact, the two men have reportedly clashed a number of times including over comments Kelly made in January suggesting that Trump had evolved his thinking about the border wall with Mexico.
“There’s been an evolutionary process that this president has gone through…and I pointed out to all the members that were in the room that they all say things during the course of campaigns that may or may not be fully informed,” Kelly was quoted as saying.
When Trump was asked about Kelly’s remarks, he emphasized his consistent position on the wall but also praised his chief of staff, saying, “I think General Kelly has done a really great job. He is a very special guy.”
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