Senior aide to John Kelly quit White House over toxic working environment, report says

Another White House staffer has quit after reports of a toxic work environment inside the West Wing. Chief of staff John Kelly lost a staffer last week when personal assistant John McEntee quit. John…

Senior aide to John Kelly quit White House over toxic working environment, report says

Another White House staffer has quit after reports of a toxic work environment inside the West Wing.

Chief of staff John Kelly lost a staffer last week when personal assistant John McEntee quit.

John McEntee, a personal assistant for White House chief of staff John Kelly, pictured, has been reported to have been hospitalized.

(AP)

Steve Clemons, a regular Washington Post guest commentator and publisher of Foreign Policy magazine, tweeted Sunday that a senior administration official had confirmed to him “that a high-level aide has quit in the last 24 hours because the powers that be in the White House ignored his plea for safety.”

Kelly has faced intense scrutiny and blistering criticism for several months following President Donald Trump’s move to hire a new chief of staff and other staff changes within the West Wing in order to curb the president’s outlandish behavior.

On Friday, Kelly called reports of a toxic working environment in the West Wing “ridiculous.”

On Monday, during a rare Oval Office meeting with reporters, Kelly told reporters that he “obviously wouldn’t tolerate any sort of mistreatment of our people, or lack of empathy.”

President Trump declined to answer reporters’ questions about McEntee’s resignation, but he did promise that reports of a “toxic environment” in the West Wing were “not true.”

Reached Monday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she had no comment.

Since Kelly took over as White House chief of staff in late July, he has tried to restore morale to the administration and to curb its unruly staff.

He has imposed new security screenings on all staffers, including limited access to the White House residence.

Kelly has also sought to direct staff toward bipartisan congressional legislation, such as a bill to combat the opioid crisis.

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