Two of President Donald Trump's top advisers got into a heated exchange outside the Oval Office on Thursday (local time) as passions boiled over about how to handle illegal immigration, two sources familiar with the incident said. "Bolton said Nielsen, a close Kelly ally, was doing a poor job with the border and that her department was not producing the needed results".
Trump has been angered recently by reports of a migrant caravan formed in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on Saturday that is heading to the US carrying thousands of migrants, organizers say. Both believed the goal was to protect the border.
Trump has lately expressed fury about a large group of migrants who are travelling from Honduras toward the USA border. The clash is an indication that tension is resurfacing in the White House 19 days before midterm elections in which Republican control of Congress is at stake. CNN reports neither man is likely to resign. Bolton became Trump's national security adviser in March this year, having previously served as the hawkish ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush.
"I've not heard about it. No", Trump told reporters Thursday afternoon when asked about the fight, before departing to Montana for a campaign rally. According to CNN, though, it appears Bolton got the better of the argument when Trump took his side.
White House chief of staff John Kelly, left, was reportedly so upset that he uttered some profanities.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement: "While we are passionate about solving the issue of illegal immigration, we are not angry at one another".