Jeh Johnson: Government 'best served' if Kelly stays on

Jeh Johnson: Government 'best served' if Kelly stays on
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Former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said during a Sunday morning interview that White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE should stay in his position as long as President TrumpDonald John TrumpIran claims it rejected Trump meeting requests 8 times ESPY host jokes Putin was as happy after Trump summit as Ovechkin winning Stanley Cup Russian ambassador: Trump made ‘verbal agreements’ with Putin MORE is in the Oval Office.

“As long as Donald Trump is president, our government is best served if John Kelly is in the job of chief of staff,” Johnson told Jake Tapper on CNN's "State of the Union."

“That might be a minority view among my Democratic friends but that is my view,” he said.

Kelly has faced criticism for his response to allegations that White House staff secretary Rob Porter domestically abused his two ex-wives. Porter resigned last week.

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Kelly has reportedly indicated he is willing to resign in the wake of the scandal.

But the White House contradicted these reports. In a statement provided to CNN, the White House said Kelly has not offered to step down.

Johnson on Sunday also had some "friendly advice" for Kelly: "less press ... fewer public statements."

"Leon Panetta once said that the chief of staff is someone who should not be the issue," Johnson said. "I encourage John to hunker down and do his job.”

White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayMerriam-Webster provides meanings of 'yes' and 'no' after Trump's Russia comment Trump campaign Virginia chairman asks question in White House briefing Watchdog: First lady spokeswoman may have violated Hatch Act with ‘MAGA’ tweet MORE said on Sunday morning that the president has full faith in Kelly.