Details Revealed From Bolton and Kelly’s Profane Fight Over Shutting Down Border: ‘I’m F*cking Out of Here’
New details are emerging about a blow up between top Trump administration officials over immigration on the southern border, as a caravan of Honduran immigrants makes its way north and border crossings are on the rise.
It was reported on Thursday that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and National Security Adviser John Bolton got into a shouting match during an Oval Office discussion on the increase in border crossings.
NBC News is now reporting that the fight was sparked by Bolton’s criticisms of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, included multiple F-bombs, and ended with Kelly storming out of the White House for the day.
The argument was borne out of a dispute in how to handle the rising number of border crossings, leading to “an angry, profanity-laced exchange” between Bolton and Kelly.
“During a meeting Thursday about the issue, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was explaining an 80 percent rise in immigrant families crossing the border when Bolton interrupted her to criticize her handling of the issue,” two sources told NBC News. “Bolton said Nielsen, a close Kelly ally, was doing a poor job with the border and that her department was not producing the needed results.”
Bolton and Trump adviser Stephen Miller, an immigration hardliner, reportedly suggested sending armed guards to shut down the border to asylum seekers.
Outside the Oval Office, Bolton and Kelly clashed, with the chief of staff defending Nielsen. Kelly “told Bolton that he lacked an understanding of the complexities of immigration policy, and Bolton told Kelly his efforts so far have not been effective,” NBC reported.
Kelly dropped f-bombs repeatedly in his defense of Nielsen, before the two went back into the Oval Office to discuss with Trump. Kelly eventually stormed out, leaving the White House for the day.
“I’m fucking out of here,” he said on his way out, per NBC.
Watch MSNBC cover the report above.
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