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GOP’s Grassley admonishes Trump on Kelly comments 

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Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley (Iowa) on Monday admonished President Trump for disparaging his White House chief of staff John Kelly 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

{mosads}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 Priebus 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 Nielsen 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.” 

Tags Chuck Grassley Donald Trump John Kelly Kirstjen Nielsen Reince Priebus White House

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