GOP's Grassley admonishes Trump on Kelly comments 

Republican Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyTrump-Pelosi fight threatens drug pricing talks Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Senators unveil sweeping bipartisan health care package | House lawmakers float Medicare pricing reforms | Dems offer bill to guarantee abortion access Bipartisan senators reveal sweeping health care package MORE (Iowa) on Monday admonished President TrumpDonald John TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit 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 PriebusNadler subpoenas Hope Hicks and McGahn's former aide for testimony Mueller didn't want Comey memos released out of fear Trump, others would change stories Forget the spin: Five unrefuted Mueller Report revelations 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 NielsenCongressional Hispanic Caucus demands answers on death of migrant children Trump expected to tap Cuccinelli for new immigration post Kobach gave list of demands to White House for 'immigration czar' job: report 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.”