Over the weekend, Washington Post reporter Josh Rogin wrote a story about Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and White House adviser Steve Bannon getting into a heated confrontation.
The sensational story sent shockwaves through a media eager to paint fault lines in the Trump administration. Rogin wrote, in part:
“Two administration officials gave the following account of their exchange: Respectfully but firmly, the retired general told Bannon that despite his high position in the White House and close relationship with President Trump, the former Breitbart chief was not in Kelly’s chain of command.
If the president wanted Kelly to back off from issuing the waiver, Kelly would have to hear it from the president directly, he told Bannon. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Kelly and Bannon spoke on Jan. 27 and 29, but denied they had a confrontation over the green card waiver.”
The issue with Rogin’s story, which he later corrected, is that the encounter never happened in the first place.
At a Congressional hearing on Tuesday, General Kelly refuted the story. He said:
“I read that article Saturday morning. I would tell you that every paragraph, every sentence, every word, every space, every comma, every period was wrong.”
Then, the General dished out some valuable advice to Rogin and his ‘sources’ in the White House that helped break the story. His testimony is definitely worth the watch.