“The depth of his infidelity shocked me. Infidelity, the transactional nature of every relationship, even if it was more pathetic than anything. He was the most flawed person I have ever met in my life,” he said. told friends, CNN learned.
The report comes from a new CNN special scheduled to air on Sunday night, “The Insiders: A Warning from Former Trump Officials,” in which former senior administration officials – including former national advisers security John Bolton, former Health and Human Services scientist Rick Bright and former Department of Homeland Security general adviser John Mitnick – explain why they think the President does not deserve the position.
7;s feelings about the President’s transactional nature and dishonesty were shared by other former members of the Trump administration who also appear to be special.
Olivia Troye, a former top adviser to Vice President Mike Pence, said the President knew about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the US in mid-February, but “he did not want to hear it, because his biggest concern was that we are in an election year. “Miles Taylor, a former DHS staff leader who now serves as a CNN contributor, insisted that Trump had importantly called on individuals within the federal government to disagree. to him that “deep state.”
Elizabeth Neumann, another former DHS official, criticized Trump for not condemning Supreme White after the first presidential debate in September.
“The fact that he continues to be unable to point-blank just to say, ‘I condemn White supremacy.’ It boggles the mind, “he told CNN then.
Trump said Thursday in a town hall on NBC that he condemned White’s supremacy. “I criticized White supremacy, OK ?,” Trump told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie. “I have criticized White supremacy for many years.”
The President has sometimes been successfully cajol to judge white supremacists, but often – as in the first presidential debate – seems reluctant to do so, perhaps to avoid eliminating any potential votes.
Kelly, who left the White House under the scandal in January 2019, has occasionally uttered criticisms of the Trump administration since leaving his position.
In June, in the wake of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police and Trump’s response to subsequent protests and calls for racial justice, Kelly said he agreed with the former Secretary of State’s stern warning. Gen. defended. Jim Mattis said Trump was “the first president in my life not to try to unite the American people.” Kelly said he would warn Trump against the idea of using law enforcement to clean up Lafayette Square by protesters before the President’s famous photo op in front of a nearby church.
Kelly also defended retired Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman due to rising concerns about the President’s call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky – the call amid the President’s impeachment. And Kelly said he believes in Bolton’s allegation that Trump conditioned US security assistance to Ukraine in an investigation into political rivals.
Kelly said that before he left the White House, he warned Trump: “Don’t take a ‘yes man,’ someone who will not tell you the truth …. Because if you do, I believe you can impeach you. ”
Since Kelly left, the White House and the President have maintained that the former general has not been cut off for his job in the West Wing.
“When I terminated John Kelly, which I did not do quickly, he knew full well that he was on top of his head,” Trump tweeted in February. “Being Chief of Staff was not just for him. He came in with a bang, came out with a growl, but like many X’s, he misses the action and he can’t keep his mouth shut.”
This story has been updated with additional background.
CNN’s Maegan Vazquez contributed to this report.