Outgoing White House chief of staff John Kelly is suddenly admitting that a number of key things Trump has said to the American people are indeed lies. On its face, this is about as shocking as Kelly admitting that water is wet. But when you take a step back, you realize why this admission from Kelly could lead to Trump’s downfall.
A new report by The New York Times revealed on Sunday that Kelly has frequently told aides that President Trump is not up for the task of being president.
The report comes after Kelly, who is set to leave the White House next month, made critical statements about the administration and Trump in an expansive interview with the Los Angeles Times.
Among other things, Kelly said that the border wall that Trump has repeatedly demanded is not actually a wall.
“To be honest, it’s not a wall,” Kelly said to the newspaper. “The president still says ‘wall’ — oftentimes frankly he’ll say ‘barrier’ or ‘fencing,’ now he’s tended toward steel slats.
As noted by The Times, this isn’t the first time Kelly has taken issue with Trump’s stances related to immigration.
He said on Fox News earlier this year that Trump’s views on the issue weren’t “fully informed,” a comment that reportedly made the president furious.
“The Wall is the Wall, it has never changed or evolved from the first day I conceived of it,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
The president’s long-standing desire for a wall led to a partial government shutdown earlier this month. He is currently demanding $5 billion in funding for the structure, something Democrats have rejected.
Kelly will leave the White House after serving for about 17 months as Trump’s chief of staff. And Kelly appears to be so certain that Trump is going down that he’s desperately trying to throw the erratic president under the bus right now before history writes that he was one of Trump’s peons.