>> He will do a spectacular job, I have no doubt.>> When US President Donald Trump tapped the head of the Department of Homeland Security, John Kelly, to serve as White House Chief of Staff, many thought the Marine general would bring a sense of order to the erratic administration.
But Kelly drew laughs Thursday at a Homeland Security event when he hinted it wasn't all smooth sailing.>> I miss every one of you every day.>>
>> But I did something wrong and God punished me, I guess, I don't know.>> A joke, certainly, but one that landed in yet another week plagued by turmoil at the top of the administration.
Reuters' Political Editor, Karen Bowen.>> Since John Kelly took over the job last summer, he's been grappling with a White House that's constantly in chaos. And that chaos got a whole lot more intense this week. Yesterday we saw that Hope Hicks, a very close aide to the president, one of his closest aides, announced that she was leaving.
And then Kelly himself has been in this struggle with Jared Kushner over Jared Kushner's security clearance. There clearly has been a lot of pushback behind the scenes and concern by President Trump himself about that.>> In stripping Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, of his top secret clearance, Kelly found himself at odds with a member of Trump's own family.
The Chief of Staff's struggles over the past six months have pitted him against some of Trump's favorite aides. So far, Kelly appears to have won every internal battle and denied reports he's considering stepping down