During his time as President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, John Kelly regularly said that Trump was not fit to be running the country, according to The New York Times.
Mr. Kelly is leaving after a 17-month tenure that he described to the paper as a “bone-crushing hard job.” Mr. Kelly was known to tell aides that he had the “worst job in the world,” and frequently told people that Mr. Trump was not up to role of president, two former administration officials said.
Kelly said during an interview with The Los Angeles Times that Trump was prone to pushing the legal limits of the president’s powers:
The president would ask things like, “‘Why can’t we do it this way?’” Mr. Kelly said.
But Mr. Kelly said the president never ordered him to do anything against the law, and that he would have quit if that had happened.
Mr. Kelly has been criticized for failing to change the mercurial, Twitter-reliant president into someone more conventional and willing to adhere to norms.
Kelly’s stint as chief of staff will end Monday, after which Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney will temporarily step into the role.