But amid these continued attacks — including Trump last month wondering out loud whether Powell is a bigger enemy of the United States than Chinese President Xi Jinping — Trump says he supposes is here to stay.
"It's safe, yeah, it's safe," Trump said when asked if Powell's job is safe. "I mean, sure, why not?"
Trump went on to simply offer that Powell has "got a job" before again voicing his disappointment with him following the Fed's light rate cut. Powell when asked Wednesday if he has a response to Trump's Twitter attacks said, per CNBC's Eamon Javers, "I don't." Brendan Morrow
President Trump's former chief of staff, John Kelly, says he would have considered working for Hillary Clinton had she been elected president.
Kelly spoke during an event at Duke University on Wednesday, and ABC News reports he said that if Trump's Democratic rival had won in 2016 and asked him to be her chief of staff, he "probably" would have said yes. The New York Times reports that Kelly explained that he didn't think of himself as working for Trump.
Kelly also said during this event that working in the White House was the "least enjoyable" job he's ever had, although he said it was also the most important, per NBC News. And when asked what advice he had for his successor, Mick Mulvaney, he joked, "Run for it," per the Times. After Kelly's response drew laughter from the crowd, he offered a more serious answer, recommending Mulvaney tell the president "what he needs to hear."
While not directly going after Trump as some former administration officials have done, Kelly did voice some disagreements with the president on Wednesday, objecting to Trump's deployment of troops to the southern border last year by saying he "would always look for another way to do it." Speaking about immigrants trying to cross the U.S. border, Kelly also said they are "overwhelmingly not criminals." Brendan Morrow
President Trump on Thursday insisted that he's sure he's right in questioning the conclusions of his intelligence officials — well, he's pretty sure.
Trump was asked whether he still has confidence in Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and CIA Director Gina Haspel, after he publicly called their assessments into doubt. "I disagree with certain things that they said," Trump responded, claiming that "time will prove me right, probably."
Trump once again cited Iran as an example of disagreeing with Coats and Haspel, as they recently testified that Iran has not violated the terms of former President Barack Obama's nuclear deal, prompting an angry tweet from Trump who told them to "go back to school!" Trump on Thursday also said that "a tremendous amount of good things are happening" in the fight against ISIS in Syria; his intelligence officials had made clear that ISIS is not, in fact, defeated in Syria as Trump had been declaring.
As to what Trump is basing his conclusions on if not his intelligence officials, he didn't exactly say, but per CNN, he said the briefings he reads are different than what the news covers. The original question about whether Trump has confidence in the leaders of his intelligence agencies was not directly answered. Brendan Morrow