The fight between Kelly and Bolton startled several aides throughout the West Wing on Thursday, a person who heard the shouting said, adding that the raised voices went well beyond the heated discussions of the Trump administration.
The obscenity-laced shouting match between the two men was over the recent surge in illegal border crossings, according to CNN. Bolton criticized Nielson, saying she needs to start doing her job, which angered Kelly, according to CNN's source.More news: Indian PM Modi mourns Dussehra train tragedy
It's not clear if Trump heard the argument. Kelly, a retired Marine general and former commander of U.S. Southern Command, which oversees military operations in Central and South America, has made the case that American aid is vital to helping the region cope with its drug and economic problems, thus preventing an even larger flood of migration to the United States. However, a White House official did say that tempers had since cooled and neither men are going to leave. The shouting match was so intense that other White House aides anxious one of the two men might immediately resign.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders did not deny the incident, and instead pushed blame onto Democrats in a statement later Thursday, insisting that her colleagues are "not angry at one another". But they are enraged at the collapse of Congressional Democrats to assist us lecture the developing disaster. Stephen Miller has been heavily involved.
After recently turning his attention to the "caravan" of migrants making their way from Latin American countries to the US, Trump tweeted Thursday just before his two top aides got into an argument.