"You read stuff in the Washington Post, frankly that's fake news most of the time", Navarro said, to Chuck Todd's consternation. "Story after story is made up garbage-more like a poorly written novel than good reporting", Trump wrote on Twitter. Generally quoting sources (not names), many of which don't exist. It cited 16 administration officials, advisers and confidants who say the president and Kelly argue regularly and that Trump is less interested in taking Kelly's advice. "Story on John Kelly isn't true, just another hit job!".
"In a Sunday morning tweet, the president took exception to a Saturday report, entitled "'When you lose that power': "How John Kelly faded as White House disciplinarian", which posited that Kelly's influence in Trump's White House had "faded".
Kelly declined to be interviewed for the story.
"Kelly blew up at Trump in an Oval Office meeting that day, and while walking back to his office muttered he was going to quit", Axios' Jonathan Swan stated.
Kelly is the latest high-profile example of a West Wing Icarus - swept high into Trump's orbit, only to be singed and cast low.
"I'm out of here, guys", Kelly said - comments some interpreted as a resignation threat, but according to a senior administration official, he was venting his anger and leaving work an hour or two early to head home.
"The recurring and escalating clashes between the president and his chief of staff trace the downward arc of Kelly's eight months in the White House", they continued. As Reuters reported last week, Trump called Bezos the Post's "chief lobbyist".
'I am right about Amazon costing the United States Post Office massive amounts of money for being their Delivery Boy, ' Trump wrote at one point.