Kelly's Deputy Fuentes: Chief of Staff Not Leaving

Calvin Saunders
May 2, 2018

Bornstein said he did not receive a signed form authorizing the release of Trump's records with his consent, which is a violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, NBC News reported.

But his relationship with the president has apparently been shaky, and Kelly has reportedly criticized Trump and bashed the president's knowledge on key issues facing the administration.

Kelly is "on solid footing, but if the president asked him to move on, he would say, 'I've served my country three times now, ' move on, and be perfectly happy", Fuentes told the Examiner on Monday.

"I am committed to the President, his agenda, and our country".

"This is another pathetic attempt to smear people close to President Trump and distract from the administration's many successes", Kelly stated in his statement.

On Monday, NBC News published a story that painted the president and the chief of staff at stark odds with each other, reporting that Kelly frequently casts himself as a figure who is reining in an erratic Commander in Chief.

"NBC's post, with a list of four authors (Carol E. Lee, Courtney Kube, Kristen Welker and Stephanie Ruhle) cited four unnamed "officials" claiming to have witnessed Kelly calling Trump "'an idiot'" multiple times".

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Kelly was reportedly frustrated by the president's public commitment to pull US troops out of Syria.

President Trump lashed out in an angry tweet in which he did not mention the NBC report but said "Fake News is going insane making up false stories...they are totally unhinged, and the great success of this Administration is making them do and say things that even they can't believe they are saying". "We've got to save him from himself". 'They are totally unhinged, and the great success of this Administration is making them do and say things that even they can't believe they are saying.

"There have been discussions among the senior staff and the president directly about the possibility of Gen. Kelly going there [to the VA]", said one person familiar with the situation, according to Fox News.

President Donald Trump and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari speak during a news conference on Monday.

Kelly's influence and position in the Whit House has also waned in recent months and reports have suggested Trump is not happy with his second chief of staff (the first was Reince Priebus) and has been annoyed by a perception that Kelly keeps his worst instincts and urges under check.

Officials: Kelly uses an "undisciplined and indiscreet approach" in handling White House staffers.

A White House spokesman denied Kelly was being considered for VA, and the administration has consistently denied that Kelly's job is at risk.

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