President Donald Trump is "somewhat embarrassed" by special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, White House chief of staff John Kelly says. "Bibi Netanyahu is here and he who's under investigation himself and it's like, you know, you walk in and you know the first couple of minutes of every conversation might revolve around that kind of thing".
Asked about Attorney General Jeff Sessions warning that families who cross the USA border illegally and are caught will be separated from their children - Kelly, who served as Secretary of Homeland Security before going to the White House, told NPR deterring migrants from coming to the United States is "a big name of the game".
Kelly told National Public Radio (NPR) in a rare interview broadcast on Friday that Robert Mueller's investigation inevitably crops up when the U.S. president hosts his foreign counterparts. "They don't speak English; obviously that's a big thing".
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However, he floated the idea of finding a path to citizenship for the more than 425,000 immigrants, many of whom have lived in the United States legally for decades under TPS.
Kelly thinks certain people who are in the USA under temporary protected status, who have been in the US for a "considerable" amount of time, should be put on a path to citizenship and allowed to stay, he said in the NPR interview. "[.] They don't integrate well, they don't have skills", Kelly added.
"My view is to speak truth to power".
Kelly also justified his decision to serve as Trump's chief of staff, and said he wished he had joined the administration sooner.
Malcolm Nance, an MSNBC military analyst, tweeted Kelly's comments were "disgraceful" and that the chief of staff "embraces openly racist & bigoted ideals". I always give my opinion on everything.
"They don't integrate well; they don't have skills".
"I wouldn't put it quite that way", Kelly said. "Sometimes he takes the opinion, sometimes he doesn't".