McCarthy on Kelly replacement speculation: 'Those hypotheticals are not healthy'

McCarthy on Kelly replacement speculation: 'Those hypotheticals are not healthy'
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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyHouse GOP reverses, cancels vote on Dem bill to abolish ICE Pelosi: 'The Russians have something on the president' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump, Putin meet under cloud of Mueller’s Russia indictments MORE (R-Calif.) said Wednesday that discussions naming him as a possible replacement for White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE "are not healthy." 

"Look, there is no opening. I think Gen. Kelly is an amazing person. I watched what he’s been able to do with this White House, put structure to it, and I think those hypotheticals are not healthy in any shape or form. We all work very well together. And we’ve got a lot of work still to do," McCarthy said in an interview on talk radio host Hugh Hewitt's show.

McCarthy also looked to dismiss speculation he could replace Kelly at a Capitol Hill press conference on Wednesday. 

“First of all, I have not spoken to the president about anything about a job. And I never have. And there is no job opening,” he said. 

Kelly has come under fierce scrutiny for his handling of former staff secretary Rob Porter's resignation earlier this month in the face of domestic abuse allegations. 

However, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told CNN on Wednesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want to use 'adversary' to describe Russia Comey urges Americans to vote for Democrats in midterms Roby wins Alabama GOP runoff, overcoming blowback from Trump criticism MORE still has confidence in Kelly as his chief of staff. 

McCarthy has developed a strong relationship with Trump that stands out amid Trump's sometimes-strained relations with other Capitol Hill GOP leaders. 

Axios reported last April that McCarthy was on the shortlist to replace then-White House chief of staff Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusWisconsin GOP Senate candidate rips his own parents for donations to Dems Wisconsin GOP Senate hopeful hit by ad highlighting Democratic past Matt Drudge shares mock ‘Survivor’ cover suggesting more White House officials will leave this summer MORE