During a closed event at Duke University in North Carolina, President Trump’s former Chief of Staff, John Kelly, disclosed that he would have worked for Hillary Clinton had she won the 2016 presidential election.
Kelly, a retired four-star general, served in the White House from July 2017 to December 2018. Kelly said the Chief of Staff position was the “east enjoyable job” he has ever accepted, but it was the “most important job.” Kelly resigned from the position, and now Mick Mulvaney occupies the Chief of Staff role.
Wednesday was the first time Kelly has spoken freely since leaving the Trump administration.
In his speech, he separated himself from the president on border security and declaring a national emergency. On whether or not there should be a wall Kelly said, “We don’t need a wall from sea to shining sea.”
Kelly did say there are specific areas where a wall would be effective along the southern border.
He also pushed back on Trump’s claim of most immigrants entering the US as criminals.
“They’re overwhelmingly not criminals. They’re people coming up here for economic purposes. I don’t blame them for that,” Kelly stated.
In December 2018, he did acknowledge and agree with the president on their being an immigration problem while supporting a ‘barrier/fencing’ at the southern border.
When asked about what will happen next with the national emergency declaration Kelly said, “I think the whole national emergency thing right now is going to be wrapped up in the courts, if it even really gets through Congress, which right now it doesn’t look like it will. Thank God we have the courts.”
Kelly refused to answer questions regarding Jared Kushner and his security clearance during the moderated talk.