White House chief of staff John Kelly said Thursday that he is not resigning, pushing back against media reports that he has grown exasperated with his job inside the West Wing and has considered leaving.
"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 and all that", Kelly said.
And I don't think I'll fire anyone tomorrow'.
Instead, Kelly described his job as controlling how the White House brings information to Trump, and he praised the president's ability to make the best decisions. And at Trump's speech last month before the U.N., Kelly had his head in his hands. 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. "She is ready on Day One", Trump said. "Some person that works way down inside an office - or well, just develop some better sources". I will give you the benefit of the doubt that you are operating off of contacts, leaks, whatever you call them, but I would just offer to you the advice, I would say, maybe develop some better sources.
"As I said when I first started talking, again, I am a reasonable guy, but when I read. watch TV in the morning, it is astounding to me about how much is misreported".
She also worked for the Transportation and Security Administration under former President George W. Bush.
"Right now we think the threat is manageable", he said, but added the situation would become more problematic over time if North Korea's capability "grows beyond where it is today".
Although Trump recently declared that secretary of state Rex Tillerson was "wasting his time" trying to negotiate Pyongyang, Kelly added: "Let's hope diplomacy works". Gone is Kelly's predecessor, Reince Priebus; press secretary Sean Spicer, and National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, to name a few. The chief of staff did so with a smile and a salute.