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CNN Source: Kelly Fumed Over Ivanka Going to Olympics

CNN Source: Kelly Fumed Over Ivanka Going to Olympics
Ivanka Trump applauds during the closing ceremony Sunday, with Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party Central Committee, sitting nearby. (Natacha Pisarenko/AP)

By    |   Monday, 26 February 2018 10:23 PM

Ivanka Trump's trip to South Korea had senior officials in the West Wing — including chief of staff John Kelly — privately fuming, CNN reported Monday.

According to the news outlet, an unnamed source said Kelly was not enthusiastic initially because the visit to the Korean Peninsula was far more than a typical Olympic closing ceremony.

"This isn't like going to Italy," the unnamed source told the outlet. "The stakes are far higher and more complex."

CNN reported Kelly was advised by those closest to him it would be a losing battle to oppose Ivanka Trump as the delegation's leader.

The White House denied any tension.

"Gen. Kelly and [National Security Adviser] Gen. [H.R.] McMaster were supportive of the trip since the planning process began," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told CNN. "We all thought it was a great success. Ivanka was a great representative for the administration."

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Aenior officials in the West Wing, including chief of staff John Kelly, were privately fuming over Ivanka Trump's trip to South Korea, a source told CNN.
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