White House Chief of Staff John Kelly jokes his job is a punishment from God

Kelly misses his job at DHS, "walking away was the last thing I wanted to do."

The comment received applause and laughter.

"I miss every one of you, every day," Kelly said. I went — [ applause ] Truly, six months, the last thing I wanted to do is 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."

Joking aside, the past week, and the past month, have been tumultuous ones for the White House chief of staff.

Kelly's remark was clearly a joke. But as they say, it's funny because it's true.