John Kelly agrees with Mattis: 'We need to look harder at who we elect'

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Former White House chief of staff John Kelly said Friday he agrees with former Defense Secretary James Mattis's blistering rebuke of President Trump and his handling of protests in the aftermath of George Floyd's death.

"I agree with him," Kelly said during an interview with former Trump communications director Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciThe Memo: Fauci at odds with Trump on virus The Memo: Speculation grows about Fauci's future Well-wishes pour in across media for Chris Cuomo after coronavirus diagnosis MORE.

"He’s quite a man, Gen. Jim Mattis, and for him to do that tells you where he is relative to the concern he has for our country," Kelly added.

Kelly, a four-star general and former Homeland Security secretary for Trump, offered his most extensive comments yet about the controversy surrounding the president's conduct in recent weeks.

The former top Trump administration official defended Mattis repeatedly, lamented the growing partisan divide and appeared at one point to implicitly criticize Trump's governing style, urging Americans to elect those who will focus on all their constituents, not just their core supporters.

"I think we really need to step back. I think we need to look harder at who we elect," he said.

"What is their character like? What are their ethics?" he continued. "Are they willing, if they’re elected, to represent all of their consti... (Read more)