By Brett Samuels – 01/23/18 10:54 AM EST
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday morning ripped Vanity Fair for a report that the relationship between President Trump and chief of staff John Kelly was strained.
“Look, I would not use Vanity Fair for much other than a coaster. I don’t think it is a reliable source of information, and certainly not on this topic,” Sanders said on “Fox & Friends.”
Sanders added that Kelly plans to be part of the administration “for the long haul.”
Trump in a tweet on Tuesday also backed Kelly, saying he’s “doing a fantastic job.”
Vanity Fair in a report published Monday said Trump’s relationship with Kelly “may have finally gone past the point of no return” and that a search for a replacement was in the works.Kelly reportedly angered the president last week when he told a group of Democratic lawmakers that Trump’s campaign rhetoric about immigration — including his promise to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border — was “uninformed.” Kelly said in a later interview that Trump had “evolved.”
Trump later pushed back on his chief of staff, tweeting that his vision of a border wall has never “changed or evolved.”
Kelly has been chief of staff since August, following the departure of Reince Priebus. There have been frequent reports of tension between Kelly and Trump in the months since.
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