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White House chief Kelly: ‘I’m not quitting. I’m not getting fired.’

  • White House Chief of Staff John Kelly decides which reporter to call on during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Susan Walsh

  • White House Chief of Staff John Kelly speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Susan Walsh



Washington Post
Thursday, October 12, 2017

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, making his first public appearance before journalists, said Thursday that he is neither frustrated in his job nor planning to depart.

Taking the lectern in the White House briefing room, Kelly sought to dismiss reports that he has been frustrated working for President Donald Trump in what he characterized as “the hardest job I’ve ever had.”

“Although I read it all the time pretty consistently, I’m not quitting today,” Kelly said. “I don’t believe – and 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.”

Kelly continued: “I would tell you, this is the hardest job I’ve ever had. This is, in my view, the most important job I’ve ever had. I would offer, though, it is not the best job I’ve ever had.” That, he said, was serving as an enlisted Marine.

“Unless things change,” Kelly added, “I’m not quitting. I’m not getting fired.”

A four-star Marine Corps general, Kelly took over as Trump’s chief of staff on July 28 and has enforced new order and disciplined processes in what had been a chaotic West Wing.

Advisers and other people close to both Trump and Kelly have said there have been tensions and points of frustration as the two men adjust to working with each other, although Trump has repeatedly praised his chief’s performance – even predicting last weekend that Kelly would stay on the job for seven years, until the completion of the president’s second term.