White House chief of staff John Kelly says he’s not quitting, getting fired or firing anyone else, “unless things change”.
White House chief of staff John Kelly used his first public appearance before the news media on Thursday to dismiss rumors of friction between himself and President Trump. Speaking in the White House press briefing room, Kelly said he is not planning to leave his post even as he acknowledged his new role “is the hardest job I’ve ever had”.
Amid a swirl of reports that he’s frustrated in the job, the retired Marine Corps general told reporters Thursday at the daily White House briefing: “Unless things change, I’m not quitting, I’m not getting fired and I don’t think I’ll fire anyone tomorrow”.
His extraordinary statements are the latest examples of Trump administration officials professing their loyalty publicly to the 45th president of the United States to refute reports suggesting problems in the chaotic administration. “I’m not quitting today,” Kelly told reporters. “I just talked to the president. I don’t think I’m being fired today. And I’m not so frustrated in this job that I’m thinking of leaving”.
There have been recent rumors and reports about the retired four-star Marine Corps general and the challenges of being Trump’s chief of staff. Vanity Fair reported Wednesday that Kelly was “miserable in his job and is remaining out of a sense of duty to keep Trump from making some sort of disastrous decision.” The same day, the Washington Post published a substantial profile of Thomas Barrack Jr., a longtime Trump friend and ally, who, the Post reported, is “mentioned as a potential White House chief of staff should Trump decide to choose a new one.” Kelly was elevated to the post from homeland security secretary in July.
Asked if the president’s often inflammatory tweets make his job more difficult, Kelly flatly responded, “No.” He added that he is not tasked with controlling the president’s social media feed. “I was not brought to this job to control anything but the flow of information to our president,” he said.
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