“John Kelly’s in a ‘Bad’ Mood Over Trump, Nazis, and ‘Rogue’ Bannon” -Daily Beast

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” And when asked if she knew Bannon would be venting to The American Prospect, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told The Daily Beast that she would “circle back” on Wednesday. It really “threw [Kelly], for a loop,” one senior White House official told The Daily Beast. Multiple Bannon allies, and colleagues reached by The Daily Beast on Wednesday night and Thursday morning said they were convinced he thought he was off of the record.

Later in the morning, Trump offered a full-throated defense, for Confederate monuments, tweeting that it was “sad to see the history, and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues.” White House aides say it was never expected that Kelly would be able to control Trump’s penchant for and love of Twitter. When asked by The Daily Beast on late Wednesday night if he cared to comment further on the Prospect interview, Bannon simply replied, on the record, “No.” In recent weeks, Kelly has been keeping a close eye on Bannon, who many other senior administration officials (including his ideological allies) have accused of being a major source of smears, leaks and bitter infighting. But it seems likely that Trump’s top strategist is increasingly going “rogue,” as an additional White House official described, creating, yet another issue that the chief of staff has to mind. On Wednesday night, The American Prospect, a progressive publication, posted an interview with Steve Bannon, in which Trump’s embattled chief strategist undermined Trump’s position on North Korea, knocked the racist alt-right as “losers”, and “clowns,” discussed just how the correct shall be able to “crush the Democrats” when liberals talk about “race and identity,” and spoke of how he takes on his enemies in the Trump administration such as economic adviser Gary Cohn.

By Thursday morning, however, the White House remained completely engulfed in mayhem, driven largely by the president’s refusal to unequivocally condemn Nazis and a “rogue” Steve Bannon interview that appeared in a liberal political magazine on the evening prior. White House officials, and other sources who’ve spoken with Kelly since he took the job told The Daily Beast that he expected his stint would be mentally and emotionally taxing….Read The Full Article Here

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