White House chief of staff John Kelly wrote that Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is “an impolite, arrogant woman,” after talking to her in 2017 about the Trump administration’s travel ban, BuzzFeed News reports.
“Absolutely most insulting conversation I have ever had with anyone,” Kelly wrote in an email to his former senior counselor on Feb. 8, 2017, when Kelly was still secretary of homeland security. “What an impolite arrogant woman. She immediately began insulting our people accusing them of not following the court order, insulting and abusive behavior towards those covered by the pause, blah blah blah.”
Kelly is referring to a temporary restraining order put forth by federal judges in Massachusetts and New York in January of last year that prevented President Donald Trump’s attempted ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.
The senior counselor, Kevin Carroll, responded: “Too bad Senate Majority Leader [Mitch] McConnell couldn’t order her to be quiet again! Warren is running for president so early, trying too hard, and chasing bad pitches.”
In February of last year, McConnell invoked a rarely-used Senate rule to prevent Warren from reading a letter that criticized attorney general Jeff Sessions during a speech on the Senate floor.
BuzzFeed News obtained the emails from the Department of Homeland Security because of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
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