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Grassley Scolds Trump for Criticizing John Kelly

Senator Chuck Grassley (R, Iowa), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., October 2, 2018. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters )

Senator Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) on Monday chided President Trump for continuing to criticize White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, whom Trump has hinted might leave his position soon.

On Sunday, Trump said Kelly, a retired four-star general, lacked some skills for his current job.

“Certain things I love that he does, and there are certain things I don’t love,” the president said on Fox News Sunday. “He’s doing an excellent job in many ways. There are a couple of things where it’s just not his strength.”

“John, at some point, is going to want to move on. John will move on,” Trump added.

Kelly previously worked in the Trump administration as secretary of homeland security and before that served nearly five decades in a decorated military career. He was widely seen as bringing order to a chaotic White House when he took over as chief of staff upon Reince Priebus’s departure in summer of 2017.

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