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He retired from the military last year, wrapping up a three-year post as head of US Southern Command.
Kelly (pictured earlier in July) was the fifth person to lead the Department of Homeland Security, which includes agencies that protect the president, respond to disasters, enforce immigration laws, protect America's coastlines and secure air travel In his final Pentagon news conference, Kelly spoke about the loss of his son - a topic he didn't often discuss publicly.'To lose a child is - I can't imagine anything worse than that,' he said. Kelly said he gets 'occasional letters from Gold Star families who are asking, 'Was it worth it?
He's respected by everyone, especially the people at the Department of Homeland Security.
Priebus resigned on Thursday, CNN reported – the same day the epic profanity-laden call became public.
Trump bragged that Kelly was one of his 'great stars' Friday during speech in New York, in a preview of the decision after a report said he wanted 'a general' to serve as White House chief of staff.
But, he added, 'when you lose one in combat - in my opinion - there's a pride that goes with it, that he didn't have to be there doing what he was doing. ' And I always go back with this: It doesn't matter. That young person thought it was worth it, and that's the only opinion that counts.'President Donald Trump tweeted that Kelly is 'a true star' of the administration.
He has been serving as the secretary of homeland security.