Politics Priebus: Trump didn't complain to me about Kelly

18:35  10 february  2018
18:35  10 february  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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"The president has never complained to me about General Kelly ," he continued. Priebus went on to praise Kelly , who replaced him as chief of staff last summer, saying the top aide has the toughest job in the Trump administration.

This is like when the girl who dumped you calls to complain about the guy she dumped you for. You made your choice, deal with it. I think my headline about a Trump - Priebus booty call was better.

a man wearing a suit and tie © Provided by The Hill Former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus denied a report in The New York Times this week that claimed President Trump phoned his former aide to complain about current chief of staff John Kelly.

In an interview with Hugh Hewitt broadcast on Saturday, Priebus said the conversation, in which Trump reportedly complained to Priebus about Kelly's handling of domestic abuse allegations against a White House aide, never happened.

"The breaking news is that in Friday's New York Times, it was alleged that you had talked to the president and urged him to fire John Kelly. Did that happen?" Hewitt asked Priebus in an interview on MSNBC.

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Former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus rejected reports mentioning that President Trump complained to him about John Kelly , the current White House chief of staff, who has been criticized for how he handled the resignation of former White House staff secretary Rob Porter.

Former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus is denying a report in The New York Times that he'd talked with President Donald Trump about his successor John Kelly following the controversy over ex-staff secretary Rob Porter.

"Well, that wasn't what was in the article. The article simply said that we had talked about it, and we didn't," Priebus responded.

"The president has never complained to me about General Kelly," he continued. "And on top of it, I would never, number one, he didn't do that. But number two, I would never bring up such a subject. I'm not going to sit around and talk about the management of the West Wing. I don't, that just didn't happen."

Priebus went on to praise Kelly, who replaced him as chief of staff last summer, saying the top aide has the toughest job in the Trump administration.

"I like John Kelly a lot. I think he's an American hero," Priebus said. "It's a huge job. And I have to say, you know, I used to say you know, what everyone, what anyone thinks the job is, just multiply it by 50."

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The New York Times (1) on Thursday cited people close to the president saying that Trump phoned several people including Priebus to complain about Kelly 's performance.

Isn' t this kind of like calling your ex to complain about the new girlfriend you dumped her for? President Trump is reportedly so annoyed by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly that he's been in touch with the only other person who could understand: Reince Priebus , his former chief of staff

"When a four-star combat Marine says it's the hardest job he's ever had in his life, I think that means something," he added. "But no, the president doesn't complain to me about any of those sorts of things."

Priebus's comments came in response to a report in the Times that claimed Trump contacted his former chief of staff this week as the White House dealt with allegations that former staff secretary Rob Porter physically and emotionally abused his two ex-wives.

Porter denied the claims facing him in a statement Wednesday announcing his resignation from the White House.

"These outrageous allegations are simply false," he said.

Kelly, meanwhile, defended Porter in an initial statement but called the accusations "shocking" in a second statement after the aide's resignation.

"I was shocked by the new allegations released today against Rob Porter," Kelly said. "There is no place for domestic violence in our society." But he added: "I stand by my previous comments of the Rob Porter that I have come to know since becoming chief of staff and believe every individual deserves the right to defend their reputation."

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Reince Priebus, the president’s first White House chief of staff, said his tenure was even more arduous than outsiders knew. “Take everything you’ve heard and multiply it by 50,” he says in new book.WASHINGTON — The meeting, to say the least, had not gone well. Upset at a presidential dressing down, Attorney General Jeff Sessions had just left the White House vowing to resign. Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, raced out of the building, found him in his car, banged on the door and implored him to come back inside.

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