John Kelly is not pleased with the current situation in the White House, according to a report Thursday.
Kelly, who became President Trump's chief of staff at the end of last month, is not only frustrated by his boss's reaction to the weekend violence in Charlottesville, Va., but also sees an issue with chief strategist Steve Bannon's latest foray into the spotlight.
The Daily Beast, after speaking with White House officials and sources who have spoken to Kelly, reported that he is finding his new job challenging. In particular, Trump's waffling on whether to condemn, by name, the white supremacy groups involved in the weekend mayhem has led to Kelly having a "bad" mood, one White House official said.
At Trump's impromptu press conference Tuesday in Trump Tower, the president issued a third statement on the issue, reverting back to his original position of pinning blame on both sides of the clashes. That move "threw [Kelly] for a loop," a senior White House official said. Kelly was at the event and was noticeably solemn.
Further burdening Kelly's position was Bannon's wide-ranging interview with the liberal American Prospect, in which he undermined Trump's plan to deal with North Korea, saying "there's no military solution here, they got us." He also said the "fringe' far-right who rallied in Charlottesville were 'a collection of clowns."
It was later reported that Bannon himself didn't realize his chat with the American Prospect journalist would be turned into an interview.
Sources told the Daily Beast that no one in the White House knew the interview was happening, and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she would "circle back" on Wednesday but didn't respond for further comment on Thursday.