John Kelly says God 'punished' him with White House gig

Chief of Staff John Kelly has gotten to the point where his drama-filled White House job is becoming a laugh line. 

Speaking to employees at the Department of Homeland Security on Thursday, the embattled Kelly told the crowd, 'I miss every one of you every day.' 

'Truly, six months, the last thing I wanted to do was walk away from one of the great honors of my life, being the secretary of Homeland Security, but I did something wrong and God punished me, I guess,' Kelly said. 

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly appeared Thursday at an event for Department of Homeland Security secretaries. There he said God punished him, which is how he ended up at the White House instead 

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly appeared Thursday at an event for Department of Homeland Security secretaries. There he said God punished him, which is how he ended up at the White House instead 

When John Kelly (right) was asked if he had any regrets from his time at the DHS, the current DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen (left) interjected and answered for him: 'to stay' 

When John Kelly (right) was asked if he had any regrets from his time at the DHS, the current DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen (left) interjected and answered for him: 'to stay' 

When asked during the program if he had any regrets, the current occupant of the job, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen interjected with an answer: 'to stay.' 

The comment got laughs from the crowd. 

'I wish I had worked harder in the six months I had the job to ... not only protect the men and women that get beat up so badly every day but to really advertise in a much more effective way how good you are,' Kelly said. 'You take the face shots every single day from people who don't have a clue what they're talking about or have an agenda against you. I did the best I could.' 

Speaking to CNN on the way in to the event – which was to mark the anniversary of the agency with the current and former secretaries –  Kelly said things were 'pretty good' at the White House.

'Too much work, too hard,' he said. 'We're all doing the Lord's work, though,' an upbeat

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