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John Kelly, Corey Lewandowski fight: Secret Service had to intervene

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House Chief of Staff John Kelly in the East Room of the White
House, July 31, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

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  • White House chief of staff John Kelly reportedly
    grabbed Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump’s former campaign
    manager, by the collar and pushed him against the wall during
    an argument in February.
  • Lewandowski reportedly did not physically respond to
    the incident.
  • The Secret Service was called, and the two men calmed
    down.

White House chief of staff John Kelly reportedly grabbed Corey
Lewandowski, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, by the
collar and pushed him against the wall outside the Oval Office
during an argument in February, according to a
New York Times report
published Monday.

The altercation began after Trump met with Kelly and Lewandowski,
people briefed on the incident said to The Times. Kelly
reportedly complained that Lewandowski had profited from Trump
through his contract with a Trump-supporting political action
committee.

Kelly also highlighted some of Lewandowski’s public remarks
against him, which concerned
his response to a scandal
involving Trump’s former staff
secretary, Rob Porter. The former staffer was accused of
emotionally and physically abusing his ex-wives. Kelly and other
White House officials at the time gave contradicting accounts
about how they dealt with the allegations.


Corey Lewandowski
Former Trump campaign
manager Corey Lewandowski.

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Ernst/Reuters


Trump reportedly had to take a phone call and Lewandowski and
Kelly continued their heated conversation in the hallway.

Kelly then called someone to see Lewandowski out of the building,
which fueled the argument, according to The Times. After
Lewandowski raised his voice, Kelly grabbed him by the collar and
pushed him against the wall.

Lewandowski did not respond to the escalation, several people
familiar with the incident told The Times. Secret Service agents
responded to the disturbance, the newspaper said, but Kelly and
Lewandowski decided to let it go.

Kelly, the former four-star Marine Corps general hired to
establish order in the White House, has had numerous
confrontations with other senior White House officials during his
tenure.

He is believed to have
quarreled
with first daughter Ivanka Trump and senior adviser
Jared Kushner over their nearly unfettered access to the
president.

Despite the president’s repeated denials, numerous reports
suggest Trump’s relationship with Kelly to be irreparably
damaged. Trump has reportedly
mused about firing Kelly
, and at the same time, Kelly is also
believed to have
threatened to quit
his post.

The alleged incident marks another dramatic episode in the Trump
administration. Current and former officials have described the
White House as one filled with infighting and backstabbing,
according to several published tell-alls and memoirs from people
who have since left the White House.

Lewandowski, who left the Trump campaign in the middle of the
heated 2016 US presidential election, remains a staunch loyalist
and
continues to defend Trump
.

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