John Kelly to Reporters: 'I'm Not Quitting, I'm Not Getting Fired'

Marsha Scott
October 16, 2017

The White House chief of staff made an unusual appearance from the briefing room podium on Thursday, addressing head on rumors about his future in the West Wing.

One reporter asked Kelly about any frustrations he had with the job so far. But I would just offer to you the advice. maybe develop some better sources. "The best job I ever had, as I've said many times, is when I was an enlisted Marine Sergeant infantryman", said Kelly.

"It's amusing, I read in the paper, you all know, you write it, that I have been a failure at controlling the president, or a failure at controlling his tweeting", Kelly said at a press briefing on Thursday.

I'm not quitting today.

Kelly also dismissed speculation that he might resign soon due to conflicts with Trump, saying that he had just talked to the president and did not think he would be fired. That was the best job I ever had had.

As the president churned out tweets that have been factually inaccurate and started or continued feuds, many of his original top aides have left or been fired.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly walks with Kirstjen Nielsen, then chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security, on August 22. One showed him staring at the floor at a press conference in NY as Trump rambled about "both sides" being to blame for violence at a white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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President Donald Trump's chief of staff says he's here to stay.

But Kelly delivered a relaxed and upbeat performance that helped tamp down reports of tension between the president and the four-star general, described by colleagues as someone serving the president out of a steely sense of patriotic duty.

"I don't mean any criticism of Mr. Trump's predecessors", he said. He's a very thoughtful man, I should say.

'He takes information in from every avenue he can receive it, ' said Kelly.

And as far as his penchant for looking solemn or seeming exasperated - Kelly was filmed in August appearing stunned as Trump sparred with reporters about violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and again last month during the president's speech at the United Nations - the president's top aide said it was just bad timing by the cameras.

"I restrict no one, by the way, from going in to see him".

"You guys always catch me when I'm thinking hard and it looks like I'm frustrated and I'm mad", he said.

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