Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Two top Trump aides get into heated shouting match outside Oval Office

Two top Trump aides get into heated shouting match outside Oval Office

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and national security adviser John Bolton got into a profanity-laced argument outside the Oval Office on Thursday - a shouting match that startled West Wing staff, according to a report.

The argument was over immigration and border crossings, which has had a recent surge, as well as the performance of Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielson, Bloomberg's source said.

Bolton criticized Nielsen, a former Kelly deputy whom he advocated to replace him at the department.

Trump threatened on Thursday to deploy the military and close the southern USA border as Hondurans and Salvadorans joined thousands of migrants in Guatemala hoping to travel north.


It was unclear if President Trump heard the ruckus outside the Oval Office.

The shouting match was so intense that other White House aides anxious one of the two men might immediately resign.

A White House official later told CNN that tempers had cooled and Bolton continued on to other scheduled meetings.

Trump, when asked about the incident, said, "That I have not heard about". President Trump reportedly sided with Bolton, further angering Kelly.

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