The chief of staff, John Kelly, and the national security adviser, John Bolton, fought over immigration and border crossings on Thursday (Friday NZ time), including the performance of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, one person familiar with the matter said.
The argument revolved around difference of opinion over the White House's response to the drastic influx of migrants crossing the Southern border-and Kelly got even angrier when Trump took Bolton's side, CNN reported.
The commander in chief and the White House downplayed the incident, with just weeks to go before the mid-term elections next month and news of another migrant caravan headed towards the USA through Mexico.
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". They should feel remorseful for thrusting an open borders scheme and are doing this for draconian political basis.
The President who was available at the starting of the shouting match repudiated knowledge of it. Trump said that he was unaware about it.
The efforts faced an enormous pushback from Democrats, who argue that the United States should continue to welcome immigrants to benefit the US economy.
"We are furious at the failure of Congressional Democrats to help us address this growing crisis".
Trump, asked about the incident, told reporters: "That I have not heard about".
Sanders said the Democrats should shoulder the responsibility for the arrest hike.
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