White House Chief of Staff Kelly dismisses quitting rumors

Oct 13, 2017, 00:23
White House Chief of Staff Kelly dismisses quitting rumors

Nielsen formerly served as John Kelly's deputy when he held the post of Trump's first DHS secretary.

John Kelly, who has so far maintained a low public profile at the White House, on Thursday described the president as a "thoughtful" and "straightforward guy" and joined his criticism of the media over what he claimed are false reports.

"I don't think I'm being fired today and I am not so frustrated in this job that I'm thinking of leaving", Kelly said in a light-hearted moment with reporters.

"I think I speak for the administration, that that state can simply not have the ability to reach the homeland", Kelly said. So unless things change, I'm not quitting, I'm not getting fired.

On Tuesday, Trump tweeted praise for Kelly, writing that "The Chief is doing a FANTASTIC job" and disputing reports that he would be fired. Since then, the former Marine Corps general has sought to instill discipline and order in what had been a chaotic West Wing. "All of you. Not all of you, but many of you", Kelly replied to one journalist during the surprise appearance.

"I will tell you, this is the hardest job I've ever had", said Kelly. Photos circulated on social media during the president's controversial comments about the August violence Charlottesville, Va., - saying that there were "very fine people" on "both sides" of the clash between white nationalists and counterprotesters - of Kelly looking at the ground. "Some person that works way down inside an office, well, develop some better sources".

But he offered the assembled reporters a piece of advice: "Maybe develop some better sources".

Kelly also addressed a separate question on whether Americans should be concerned about North Korea. "I look forward to working closely with the Administration and Ranking Member McCaskill to expedite the consideration of Ms. Nielsen's nomination and help make America safer and more secure".

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