John Kelly 'Frustrated, Deeply Disappointed' Over Leak on Trump-Russia Call
White House officials were left furious Wednesday by the leak regarding President Trump's congratulatory phone call to Vladimir Putin after his reelection.
Fox News chief White House correspondent John Roberts reported that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly was "frustrated and deeply disappointed" over the Washington Post report that emerged from the leak Tuesday night.
The report stated that Trump congratulated Putin despite a memo from the National Security Council instructing, "DO NOT CONGRATULATE," since Putin's reelection is not viewed as a fair contest.
White House officials told Fox News that the president may not have seen the warning and it was not articulated on a conference call with National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and other members of his national security team.
"I don't like what he did, but I really hate that there's someone in his inner circle [who wants] to leak this stuff. If you don’t like working for the president, you should resign your job," Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said.
Trump's congratulatory call to Putin generated heavy criticism from both sides of the political aisle. Former CIA Director John Brennan said in an interview that he believes the president is afraid of Putin.
"The fact that he has had this fawning attitude toward Mr. Putin has not said anything negative about him. It continues to say to me that he does have something to fear, and something very serious to fear," Brennan said.
Trump, however, took to Twitter to defend the call, arguing that friendly relations with Russia is a "good thing."