GOP's Grassley admonishes Trump on Kelly comments 

Republican Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleySenate approves border bill that prevents shutdown Grassley raises voice after McConnell interrupts Senate speech Senate confirms Trump pick William Barr as new attorney general MORE (Iowa) on Monday admonished President TrumpDonald John TrumpBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' ACLU says planned national emergency declaration is 'clear abuse of presidential power' O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could MORE for disparaging his White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE for lacking crucial job skills. 

“I wish President Trump would never discuss publicly any ill feelings has abt his CofStaff Gen Kelly. After all he was a Marine for 47 yrs. defended our freedoms. We need show respect,” Grassley tweeted


Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and second-most senior Republican in the Senate, made his comments after Trump said that Kelly lacked certain skills to manage the White House.

“He’s doing an excellent job in many ways. There are a couple of things where it’s just not his strength. It’s not his fault, it’s not his strength.” Trump said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” referring to Kelly. 

“John, at some point, is going to want to move on. John will move on,” he said. 

Senate Republicans generally have given Kelly high marks for his service as chief of staff. They saw him as an important disciplinary influence when he replaced Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusIs a presidential appointment worth the risk? Ex-White House aide says 'cartoon villain' Kellyanne Conway bad-mouthed colleagues Trump Org hires former WH ethics lawyer to deal with congressional probes MORE last July. 

Kelly, a former Marine Corps general, previously served as secretary of Homeland Security and head of the United States Southern Command. 

Kelly faced criticism from Trump after he tried to save Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine - Will there be any last-minute shutdown drama? FEMA head resigns 'El Chapo' found guilty on all charges MORE from being pushed out of the Cabinet.

Trump on Sunday said she needed to be tougher. 

“I respect her a lot. She’s very smart,” Trump said on Fox. “I want her to get much tougher and we’ll see what happens there. But I want to be extremely tough.”