White House Chief of Staff John Kelly let it be known among other members of the Trump administration what his idea number of refugees coming into the United States would be. He said that he would ideally admit between zero and one refugee into America each year.
The New York Times reported on Wednesday that Kelly gave these remarks while the Trump team debated lowering the cap on the number of refugees allowed to enter the country. The president ultimately did lower the cap to the lowest level since the Reagan administration at 45,000. It was during the Reagan administration that the Refugee Act was passed.
The members of the White House staff that reported Kelly’s comments to The Times reinforced how similar Kelly is with President 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 had already ordered the Department of Homeland Security to enforce “extreme vetting” procedures for refugees entering America.
This report that links policy similarities between Trump and Kelly comes just a week after Kelly defended the president regarding his phone call to the widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed during an ambush in Niger. Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) brought intense criticism and a national spotlight on Trump after she listened in on a phone call to Johnson’s widow. Wilson accused the president of being insensitive and of causing Johnson emotional distress.
Kelly said in a press conference that he was “stunned” by Wilson’s description of the phone call and that she would use such a sacred encounter for political purposes.
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Credit: The Hill