The White House under President Donald Trump has been in and out of a state of chaos and infighting. At least weekly we hear of reports of some type of ruckus, and this report is no different.
Reports of a vulgar shouting match between Chief of Staff John Kelly and Security Advisor John Bolton surfaced, and now, it seems Kelly has been involved in another confrontation. The New York Times is reporting that during a February meeting in the Oval Office, Kelly and former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski got into “a near brawl:”
After interviews with about a half-dozen people familiar with the events, Kelly “tried to” have Corey Lewandowski kick out of the West Wing. Lewandowski reportedly “did not get physical in response.”
“An argument last February between the White House chief of staff, John F. Kelly, and Corey Lewandowski, an informal adviser to President Trump, turned into a physical altercation that required Secret Service intervention just outside the Oval Office, according to a half-dozen people familiar with the events”, says the Times.
As you likely recall, Lewandowski was the campaign manager ousted after being charged with simple battery after getting caught on camera grabbing a reporter from Breitbart, which just happen to be run by Steve Bannon at the time.
John Kelly has also taken criticism for having a hot temper. This past weekend, former Trump communications director Anthony Scaramucci appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and complained that Kelly “has hissy fits.”
“The president, for his part, has shown a certain reverence for men willing to engage in physical scuffles. Last fall, when Mr. Kelly was newly in his role, his willingness to engage angrily in meetings with Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, who at the time was the national security adviser, thrilled Mr. Trump,” The Times explained.
“The president, who did not like General McMaster, gleefully told people about the skirmishes between the two men for weeks, saying it showed how tough Mr. Kelly was, a person familiar with the discussions said.”
Whether you are a Trump voter or not, these types of actions are embarrassing to our nation. It has to stop…but it probably won’t.