President Donald Trump’s former White House chief of staff, retired Marine Gen. John Kelly has turned on the president, reportedly describing Trump to friends as “the most flawed person” he’s ever met.
It ought to be noted here at the outset that Kelly’s quote comes from an exclusive report by CNN. And, as is usually the case with such reports, the information did not come straight from the horse’s mouth, that is, Kelly, but rather from conversations Kelly allegedly had with friends who have apparently ratted him out. In short, it’s probably best to take this one with a big grain of salt.
“The most flawed person”
Kelly’s friends have reported to CNN a conversation in which Kelly allegedly was reflecting on his experience in working with President Trump.
“The depths of his dishonesty is just astounding to me,” Kelly reportedly told friends. “The dishonesty, the transactional nature of every relationship, though it’s more pathetic than anything else. He is the most flawed person I have ever met in my life.”
What we have to ask ourselves, of course, is whether this is something Kelly could have said. And, the answer is that it’s not out of the realm of possibility.
Kelly left the White House back in January of 2019, and President Trump didn’t exactly give him a warm send-off. Since then, Kelly has been mostly quiet but recently he has publicly offered some criticism of the president.
For example, former Defense Secretary James Mattis, not too long ago, criticized President Trump for his handling of the protests that followed the death of George Floyd, accusing the president of not trying to unite the American people.
Kelly agreed with that criticism. He told former communications director Anthony Scaramucci, “He’s quite a man, Gen. Jim Mattis, and for him to do that tells you where he is relative to the concern he has for our country.”
I think we really need to step back. I think we need to look harder at who we elect. What is their character like? What are their ethics? Are they willing, if they’re elected, to represent all of their constituents, not just the base, but all of their constituents? And then look at the politics.
In addition to this, Kelly defended retired Army Lt. Col Alexander Vindman, the man who the reader may remember played a big role in President Trump’s impeachment by expressing his personal concerns about Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
So, yes, it’s possible that Kelly really did make such a remark to his friends. But, still, CNN’s motive is clear — to discredit the Trump administration by elevating the voices of disgruntled staffers who were unhappy with Trump’s agenda.
The network is featuring Kelly’s comment along with other negative comments from former administration officials in a special television program that will air on Sunday. It ought to be a nice little campaign contribution for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.