Kelly says undocumented immigrants 'don't have the skills' to assimilate

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Donald Trump's chief of staff has said the president is "embarrassed" by the Russian Federation investigation and must explain away the probe when he meets world leaders. But he later clarified that the president is "distracted".

Kelly made his remarks in an interview with National Public Radio which aired on Friday, as he described his daily routine as the White House chief of staff.

'When world leaders come in, it's kind of like you know Bibi Netanyahu is here and he who's under investigation himself and it's like, you know, you walk in and you know the first couple of minutes of every conversation might revolve around that kind of thing'.

"Certainly the president is, you know, somewhat embarrassed, frankly".

Heilemann reminded viewers that Kelly also denigrated the black Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson in a weird dispute over Trump's phone call to a Gold Star widow.

Kelly also kept up his tough line on immigration, even as he said people with temporary protected status who have been here for decades should get citizenship.

They're overwhelmingly rural people. "They're not criminals. They're not MS13", Kelly said while discussing the Department of Justice's new "zero-tolerance" strategy in an interview on NPR's "Morning Edition".

"It's not that things were a disaster that first six months, but I believe they could have been better", he explained.

Kelly, who'd previously been co of Homeland Security, became White House chief of staff at July immediately after the death of Reince Priebus.

Mr. Kelly also told NPR that there are times of "great frustration" at the White House, but added that he still stands by the president.

Kelly said that frequently stories in the Washington Post or the New York Times were based on "rumor" and cited dishonorable or low-level sources. 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.

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".

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.

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