White House chief of staff John Kelly was reportedly “horrified” by President Donald Trump’s public outburst about his personal attorney Michael Cohen being raided by the FBI.
CNN reported Wednesday that according to a source with knowledge of the matter, Kelly, a retired four-star general, was upset by the president’s “highly-charged” display in which he called the raid an “attack on our nation” and slammed the attorney general, the deputy attorney general and the special counsel investigating him.
The report on Kelly’s reaction comes amid weeks of speculation about the chief of staff’s decreasing power in the West Wing. Other White House sources told the Associated Press that Trump no longer confides in Kelly, who was once considered the “adult in the room” in the West Wing, because he was “tired of being told no.” The president reportedly did not let his chief of staff in on his now-infamous phone call congratulating Russian President Vladimir Putin on winning what many consider a “sham” election.
Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Kelly implored Trump to fire his embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt — but the president has yet to do so.