President Donald Trump is "embarrassed" about the investigation by the special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign, White House chief of staff John Kelly said in an interview with NPR.
'It may not be a cloud but certainly the president is, you know, somewhat embarrassed, frankly, ' Kelly told the public radio network.
But he took it back on Friday.
President Donald Trump's Chief of Staff John Kelly arrives for a first lady Melania Trump initiative event in the Rose Garden of the White House, Monday, May 7, 2018, in Washington. He told CNN "distracted" was a better descriptor.
Kelly's comments came after the Trump administration announced a new "zero-tolerance" policy regarding immigrants caught crossing the border illegally.
From NPR's summary of its interview with Kelly, in which he suggests that far from quitting, he wishes he was at the White House from Day One.
His only regret is that he did not come into the job sooner, Kelly said.
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The chief of staff continued "they're not bad people".
"They're not criminals. They're not MS-13", he said. They're overwhelmingly rural people in the countries they come from - fourth, fifth, sixth grade educations are kind of the norm.
'They don't integrate well.
Asked about Attorney General Jeff Sessions warning that families who cross the US 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". They're not bad people.
'My view is to speak truth to power. "[.] They don't integrate well, they don't have skills", Kelly added.
After another meeting on Capitol Hill, Kelly later said some people who were DACA eligible but didn't sign up had reasons but most probably "needed to get off the couch".