John Kelly Says a Reporter Told Him He ‘Had to Go,’ And No One Believes Him


NPR has released several new portions of their interview with John Kelly, but there are a lot of people who are having a difficult time taking his new remarks seriously.

In the new segment, Kelly calls the White House press pool “vicious” and “personal” in their coverage, whereas reporters at the Pentagon were “pretty professional” and “really good to work with.” As Kelly lamented that his first off the record conversation with a White House journalist was “immediately violated,” he offered this peculiar anecdote:

“After about six weeks in a job one of the reporters said to me, “Look you were our worst nightmare. This place was a clown show before you showed up. We didn’t think this president would last a year [or] 18 months. Now that you’re here, there’s order to the place. The leaks all but went away. So, sorry but you got to go.” So here I am, sitting, still here.”

As it were, several people from media and blue-check Twitter view Kelly’s claim as a joke at best, or completely made up at the worst:

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