Kelly Just Lost His Soul, Says He Wants To Admit Zero Refugees Into The US
According to a report by The New York Times, White House chief of staff John Kelly reportedly told other members of the Trump administration that he would ideally admit between zero and one refugees into the US each year if the decision was up to him.
Kelly made the comment while the administration debated lowering the cap on the number of refugees allowed into the country, the Times reported Wednesday.
White House staffers told The Times that Kelly’s comment is an example of his similarities with Trump.
“Kelly has been an enabler of Trump’s mission,” Juliette Kayyem, a former assistant homeland security secretary in the Obama administration, told The Times. “Judge him that way.”
President Trump previously ordered the Department of Homeland Security to develop “extreme vetting” procedures for refugees.
Trump eventually decided to lower the refugee cap to 45,000, the lowest levels since the Reagan administration, when the Refugee Act was passed. Officials said at the time that this number represents the maximum number of refugees possible under the administration’s new vetting standards.
The Time report comes one week after Kelly defended Trump by attacking Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) who first brought to national attention Trump’s phone call to the widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed during an ambush in Niger, calling her an “empty barrel.”
A video later revealed that Kelly lied in his response to Wilson’s criticism of the president.