Kelly didn't call it a 'witch hunt, ' as President Donald Trump does repeatedly, but he did say that after months of investigation there's 'nothing there.' His comments followed Vice President Mike Pence urging the ongoing investigation come to an end.
"It may not be a cloud, but certainly the President is somewhat embarrassed, frankly", Kelly said. "They don't integrate well; they don't have skills", he claimed.
Kelly said immigrants are: "not people that would easily assimilate into the United States into our modern society".
"My view is to speak truth to power".
"I think the press, and maybe it's because only certain people talk and those people maybe leak or are sources - and maybe those people aren't as honorable as they should be", he said.
When asked whether he had ever seriously considered leaving the post of White House chief of staff, Kelly said emphatically, "No". I always give my opinion on everything.
Kelly said he thinks Trump is 'a super smart guy'.
"They don't speak English".
During the interview airing on Thursday's "Morning Edition", Kelly also cast doubt on what special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's probe into Russian election meddling could turn up. But either way, Kelly's words matter, because it suggests strongly that he wants to stay on as chief of staff, at least for now.
Questions were raised about Nielsen's tenure after the New York Times reported that she had considered resigning after Trump criticized her at a meeting on Wednesday for what he said was her failure to secure us borders.
Nielsen herself issued a statement that said: "The president is rightly frustrated that existing loopholes and the lack of congressional action have prevented this administration from fully securing the border and protecting the American people".
A DHS spokesman denied the story. Spokesman Tyler Houlton tweeted: "The NY Times article alleging that the secretary drafted a resignation letter yesterday and was close to resigning is false".