John Kelly To Media: Actually, Trump Loves Me And Hates Nukes

Jennifer Rubin: Chief of Staff Kelly hasn't tamed him — Trump hasn't changed a bit

It makes Mr Kelly the second senior Trump administration figure in as many weeks to go public about not quitting after a similar statement from Rex Tillerson, the US Secretary of State.

Depending which "scoop" you are reading, Trump also is about to fire Kelly or Kelly's about to quit or Kelly is staying to protect the nation from Trump.

He called the president "Mr. Trump" at least twice - a departure from White House custom in which staff members publicly refer to the office-holder as "The President"- and said previous presidents had left a number of problems for the White House to resolve.

Kelly said it's the hardest job he's ever had, in addition to the most important job he's ever had.

Kelly said he is "not frustrated" in the job. I would offer, though, it is not the best job I've ever had.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly wants to make it clear that he was not brought in to "control" President Donald Trump's behavior and that Trump's Twitter habits do not bother him.

"I restrict no one, by the way, from going in to see him". That was the best job I ever had.

"I'm not so frustrated in this job that I'm thinking of leaving", Kelly added.

"No, I'm not frustrated", Kelly said.

A couple of times he has tweeted his frustration with diplomacy and with Tillerson, though other senior advisers - including Kelly and Defense Secretary James N. Mattis - were also known to favor diplomacy.

Kelly began his briefing on Thursday by saying that he's not quitting and he's not being fired, partly joking but partly rebutting reports about his perilous position in the White House.

"Right now we think the threat is manageable but over time if it grows beyond where it is today, well, let's hope that diplomacy works", said Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general.

I don't mean any criticism to Mr. Trump's predecessors, but there is an very bad lot of things that were, in my view, kicked down the road that have come home to roost, pretty much right now, that have to be dealt with. "But simply, the fact is, I can guarantee to you that he is now presented with options, well thought-out options".

One his frustrations is you.

"It is astounding to me how much is misreported", he told White House reporters.

Kelly was pushed further by the press on the issue of him leaving, to which Kelly turned things back onto the media.

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