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Chief of Staff John Kelly said President Donald Trump is “somewhat embarrassed” by the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and said undocumented immigrants “don’t have skills” and “don’t integrate well” in a newly released interview.
The chief of staff made the comments when speaking with NPR’s Morning Edition.
When asked specifically if the Russia probe was a “cloud” hanging over the Trump administration, Kelly said the investigation comes up in meetings with world leaders.
“It may not be a cloud but certainly the president is, you know, somewhat embarrassed, frankly,” Kelly told the news outlet.
Trump has repeated called the investigation, headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, a “witch hunt.” The probe has resulted in indictments of several former Trump administration officials—including two for lying to investigators—and several Russian actors and entities that sowed discord online among American voters ahead of the election.
Kelly’s response about Trump’s feelings regarding the investigation was quickly mocked online.
Kelly: Trump 'embarrassed' by Russia probe— Nathaniel Spuewell (@natespuewell) May 11, 2018
Trump's been caught on tape bragging about hitting on a married woman & sexual assault; had public extramarital affairs that broke up two marriages; had a Playboy bunny mistress tell all on TV …
Embarrassed? You're kidding, right?!
The news outlet also spoke with the chief of staff about the administration’s stance on immigration. Kelly first said that “most” undocumented immigrants “are not bad people,” but followed it up by saying “they don’t integrate well; they don’t have skills.”
“They’re not criminals. They’re not MS-13,” he said. “But they’re also not people that would easily assimilate into the United States, into our modern society. They’re overwhelmingly rural people. In the countries they come from, fourth-, fifth-, sixth-grade educations are kind of the norm.”
Those comments also drew the ire of people online.
John Kelly reminds us that he is a terrible person and a irredeemable racist.— Hard Geek Life (@hardgeeklife) May 11, 2018
Also, how the hell are immigrants unqualified and unskilled to be here yet simultaneously so so successful at "taking our jobs"? https://t.co/C3DkYYbG5K
JOHN KELLY: Undocumented immigrants don’t have skills.— Jeremy Newberger (@jeremynewberger) May 11, 2018
Is there anyone in the Trump admin who isn’t s full blown racist SOB?
JOHN KELLY: Immigrants DON'T have skills and WON'T be able to perform. They DON'T have command of the English language— Bits and Pieces (@BrutallyRandom) May 11, 2018
ALSO JOHN KELLY: This man DOES have skills and should be the President of the United States. He does have command of the English language pic.twitter.com/viT66VlXrG
You can read more about the chief of staff’s interview with NPR here.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).