Top Trump aide denies calling president an 'idiot'

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Then-White House aide Keith Schiller, who previously served as Trump's personal bodyguard, Trump Organization lawyer Alan Garten and another "large man" came unannounced and took the files on the morning of February 3, 2017, Dr. Harold Bornstein said.

"I spend more time with the president than anyone else and we have an incredibly candid and strong relationship", said Kelly in a statement, according to NBC News.

Morale has eroded in the West Wing in recent months because of comments by Kelly to "aides that include insulting the president's intelligence and casting himself as the savior of the country", according to NBC via those eight "current and former White House officials. This is another pathetic attempt to smear people close to President Trump and distract from the administration's many successes".

The story cites three White House spokespeople, however, who say that they don't believe the comment was made.

The chief of staff also allegedly called the president "an idiot" during a closed-door negotiation on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, claiming that Trump "doesn't even understand" what this program actually is and thus needs to be saved "from himself".

Multiple sources have told CNN that Trump is increasingly frustrated with Kelly, and a senior administration official said Monday that the feeling goes both ways.

NBC News also reported that a few current and former White House officials believe Kelly will leave by July and that it's clear "both Trump and Kelly seem to have exhausted of each other".

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Twitter users seemed just as disgusted as the president.

'The Fake News is going insane making up false stories and using only unnamed sources (who don't exist),' Trump tweeted.

Trump has reportedly chafed at Kelly's controlling management style, and has occasionally talked with friends about replacing him.

Trump tweeted his own denial as well, calling the stories "false".

He further added, "The White House is running very smoothly despite phony Witch Hunts etc", and that, "there is great Energy and unending Stamina, both necessary to get things done". We are accomplishing the unthinkable and setting positive records while doing so!

President Donald Trump and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari speak during a news conference on Monday. And Kelly suffered a significant hit for mishandling the firing of a senior White House aide accused of assault by his former wives.

Jackson was recently nominated by Trump to be director of the Department of Veterans Affairs, but his nomination quickly fell through amid allegations that he doled out prescription drugs like candy and drank excessively on the job.