WH Downplays Reports Of Heated Exchange Between Kelly, Bolton

Elias Hubbard
October 20, 2018

It wasn't immediately clear what the chief of staff, John Kelly, and the national security adviser, John Bolton, were arguing about.

"I've not heard about it. No", Trump told reporters Thursday afternoon when asked about the fight, before departing to Montana for a campaign rally.

The shouting match was so intense that other White House aides anxious one of the two men might immediately resign.

Earlier this year, the New York Times reported that Nielsen was close to resigning after being criticized by Trump at a Cabinet meeting for what he said was her failure to secure US borders.

Trump on Thursday tweeted that he was prepared to call out the military and even close the border if the "onslaught" is not stopped.

Earlier this week, Trump threatened to yank foreign aid from Central American countries that allow their people to make the journey north.

The obscenity-laced shouting match between the two men was over the recent surge in illegal border crossings, according to CNN.

After the confrontation was reported, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement indicating that there are no hard feelings among the president's senior advisers.

Kelly, who retired from the US Marine Corps with the rank of general, was Trump's first Homeland Security Secretary. Numbers compiled by the Department of Homeland Security show that Trump's policies, including his administration's decision to separate children from their parents at the border, have failed to deter people from trying to gain entry to the United States. Kelly eventually stormed out, leaving the White House for the day.

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