GOP's Grassley admonishes Trump on Kelly comments 

Republican Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyTop security officials issue stark warning of Chinese espionage efforts Lame-duck Congress should pass First Step Act The Hill's Morning Report — Takeaways from the battle royal in the Oval Office MORE (Iowa) on Monday admonished President TrumpDonald John TrumpProsecutors investigating Trump inaugural fund, pro-Trump super PAC for possible illegal foreign donations: NY Times George Conway: Why take Trump's word over prosecutors' if he 'lies about virtually everything' Federal judge says lawsuit over Trump travel ban waivers will proceed 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 PriebusThe Hill's Morning Report — Where the shutdown fight stands Santorum not interested in White House chief of staff role Trump says he's considering 10 to 12 contenders for chief of staff 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 NielsenA missed opportunity for Democrats in the border wall showdown Over 30 cities oppose Trump proposal on immigration benefits Internet gambling addiction is a looming crisis 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.”