White House chief of staff John Kelly sat down for an interview with NPR this week to discuss his first eight months of service as this president's most shameless enabler. But he later clarified that the president is "distracted".
Kelly told National Public Radio (NPR) in a rare interview broadcast on Friday that Robert Mueller's investigation inevitably crops up when the U.S. president hosts his foreign counterparts.
Asked about the embarrassment comment, Kelly told a group of reporters later Friday that he "corrected that and said 'distracted."' Asked if the president was distracted by the probe, Kelly said, "It's untrue, it's a witch hunt, right, and it distracts him - not too much, but it's unfair".
Kelly also seemed to suggest that the Russian Federation investigation affects Trump's relationship with other world leaders.
Kelly said the undocumented immigrants don't speak English and are "overwhelmingly rural people" from countries where "fourth-, fifth-, sixth-grade educations are kind of the norm". "They don't speak English; obviously that's a big thing", Kelly continued, propagating xenophobic beliefs that have marked the Trump era since the presidential campaign.
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Kelly, also told NPR that, despite "times of great frustration", he doesn't regret leaving his former post as secretary of homeland security and joining the White House. These actions, Heilemann said, indicate that Kelly may share Trump's offensive views on race.
First of all, it's a little unusual choosing NPR to say how much you admire President Trump. But either way, Kelly's words matter, because it suggests strongly that he wants to stay on as chief of staff, at least for now. I mean they, they seldom wrote or did the story you wanted to read, naturally, but they were really professional in trying to get the accurate aspect of every story", Kelly recounted, adding "it wasn't personal.
The DHS denied the claim.
Nielsen herself issued a statement that said: "The president is rightly frustrated that existing loopholes and the lack of congressional action have prevented this administration from fully securing the border and protecting the American people".