Former White House chief of staff John Kelly on Wednesday said that he does not view the media as “the enemy of the people” and cautioned against using “Fox News” as your only source of information, according to the Daily Record.
“The media, in my view, and I feel very strongly about this, is not the enemy of the people,” Kelly, who previously served as the Secretary of Homeland Security, said while delivering remarks at Drew University.
“We need a free media,” he continued. “That said, you have to be careful about what you are watching and reading, because the media has taken sides.”
“So if you only watch Fox News, because it’s reinforcing what you believe, you are not an informed citizen,” he added.
Kelly’s remarks are a break from his former boss who has repeatedly attacked the press as “the enemy of the people.”
“I’m disappointed in myself for leaving, but it was a killer, I mean, no joke,” Kelly said about his high-profile exit from the White House at the end of 2018.
He also blasted Trump for characterizing Mexican migrants as “rapists” and criminals, saying: “They’re overwhelmingly good people … They’re not all rapists and they’re not all murderers.”
“And it’s wrong to characterize them that way,” he said then, adding: “I disagreed with the president a number of times.”
Trump lashed out at Kelly on Twitter, writing: “When I terminated John Kelly, which I couldn’t do fast enough, he knew full well that he was way over his head. Being Chief of Staff just wasn’t for him. He came in with a bang, went out with a whimper, but like so many X’s, he misses the action & just can’t keep his mouth shut, which he actually has a military and legal obligation to do. His incredible wife, Karen, who I have a lot of respect for, once pulled me aside & said strongly that “John respects you greatly. When we are no longer here, he will only speak well of you.” Wrong!”
….which he actually has a military and legal obligation to do. His incredible wife, Karen, who I have a lot of respect for, once pulled me aside & said strongly that “John respects you greatly. When we are no longer here, he will only speak well of you.” Wrong!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 13, 2020