The Secret Service Intervened In ‘Near Brawl’ Between John Kelly And Corey Lewandowski

New details are emerging about an altercation that occurred last February between Pres. Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff John Kelly and informal adviser and all-around nobody Corey Lewandowski.

The “near brawl” occurred just outside the Oval Office apparently, and was so bad that it required the Secret Service to get involved.

From The New York Times:

β€œThe near brawl β€” during which Mr. Kelly grabbed Mr. Lewandowski by the collar and tried to have him ejected from the West Wing β€” came at a time when the chief of staff was facing uncertainty about how long Mr. Trump would keep him in his job. A guessing game over his departure has colored his tenure ever since.”

The argument occurred on the day that Parkland shooting victims families were visiting the White House. Tensions were running high, and Kelly criticized Lewandowski to Trump because Lewandowski reportedly made a lot of money from a contract with the Super PAC that is funding Trump’s re-election bid. Kelly also expressed agitation that Lewandowski had publicly criticized him on TV over Kelly’s handling of beleaguered staffer Rob Porter’s security clearance controversy. The situation boiled over when Trump took a phone call and the two men left the room.

As Mr. Kelly walked toward a hallway leading back to his office, he called to someone to remove Mr. Lewandowski from the building. The two then began arguing, with Mr. Lewandowski speaking loudly. Mr. Kelly grabbed Mr. Lewandowski by his collar, trying to push him against a wall, according to a person with direct knowledge of the episode.

Mr. Lewandowski did not get physical in response, according to multiple people familiar with the episode. But Secret Service agents were called in. Ultimately, the two men agreed to move on, those briefed on the episode said.

These reports are coming from a half-dozen people who have familiarity with the incident, the Times reports.

Kelly, a retired four-star general, has surprised many by his frequent altercations with people. Both Democrats and Republicans had hoped Kelly would be “the adult in the room.” Not so much. He scuffled with a Chinese official in Bejing last year and just last week had a “profanity-laced” argument with National Security Adviser John Bolton. We could argue that with the buffoons Trump surrounds himself with, it would be hard for Kelly to go a day without disagreeing with someone, but we could also argue that a retired Marine general should have more control of his temper.

For the incident between Lewandowski and Kelly, one thing become clear. It’s shameful that our honorable Secret Service is having to play referee in this ridiculous administration. Furthermore, the entire incident is indicative of just how chaotic the administration is, and more importantly, how much chaos Trump is willing to have around him in the most important office in the world.

Neither the White House or Corey Lewandowski have responded to the Times’ requests for comment.

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