Irish American White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly frequently lost his temper and revealed to staffers that he thought the president was “unhinged,” Watergate journalist Bob Woodward writes in his new book “Fear.”
In one meeting, Kelly said of Trump: “He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in Crazytown. I don’t even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I’ve ever had.”
When former economic advisor Gary Cohn tried to resign after Charlottesville and Trump's inflammatory speech persuaded him not to step down, Kelly disagreed.
BOB WOODWARD quotes John Kelly in his new book as saying of POTUS: “He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in Crazytown. I don’t even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I’ve ever had.” Via @washingtonpost— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) September 4, 2018
“I would have taken that resignation letter and shoved it up his ass six different times,” Kelly told Cohn, according to Woodward.
The book also reveals that Cohn stole letters from Trump’s desk rather than have him sign them because the letters would have untold consequences. One was unilaterally pulling the US out of NAFTA.
Since January 2017, we've heard the it-could-be-much-much-worse argument that Trump advisers have been protecting the country from him. The Woodward book starts to tell us what they've been up to.— Susan Glasser (@sbg1) September 4, 2018
Woodward reveals that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis regularly disobeyed Trump's demand for immediate hostile action and told fellow officers the crisis would be handled his way.
Trump obsessively watched cable television despite the best efforts of staff to engage him. Reince Priebus, Kelly’s predecessor, called the presidential bedroom “the devil’s workshop.”
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