It followed the release of a phone recording in which he launched a strongly worded attack on White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.
Fired former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci criticized President Donald Trump on Sunday for not clearly condemning the display of violence from white nationalists at a Saturday rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left at least three dead and 35 more injured.
But two things Kelly apparently could not control on Thursday: What Trump would say next or how long he would keep talking.
He also directed profanity-laced insults at Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. It's his decision. But I mean at the end of the day, I think the president has a very good idea of who the leakers are inside the White House.
Stephanopoulos played portions of the conversation Scaramucci had with Lizza, as Scaramucci listened.
When asked by Stephanopoulos if that influence stemmed from Bannon, Scaramucci said, "I think the president knows what he's going to do with Steve Bannon".
His firing capped a tumultuous period within the Trump White House.
Expect McMaster et al.to also be pressed on the "military option" for Venezuela, which the president laid on the table on Friday because, I guess, sounding "tough" is its own reward. "He's going to do what he wants to do, how he wants to do it". "There were probably 200 people that didn't want me in that job".
He said that Trump had created an "opening" for corporate CEOs to "enter the system", and mentioned Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and The Walt Disney Co.'sBob Iger as corporate chieftains who have expressed an interest in politics.
"I went in there with my heart and soul", he said.