Kelly: I’m stick­ing around

New York Post - - NEWS - Bob Fred­er­icks, Wires

Pres­i­dent Trump’s chief of staff said Thurs­day that he had no in­ten­tion of quit­ting and did not be­lieve he was go­ing to be fired — even while jok­ing that, “It’s not the best job I’ve ever had.”

“I’m not quit­ting to­day ... and I just talked to the pres­i­dent, I don’t think I’m be­ing fired to­day,” said John Kelly (in­set), a for­mer four-star Marine gen­eral, dur­ing the daily White House press briefing.

“And I’m not so frus­trated in this job that I’m think­ing of leav­ing. I would tell you this is the hard­est job I have ever had. This is, in my view, the most im­por­tant job I have ever had,” he said, deny­ing re­ports that he was on thin ice.

But that doesn’t mean he’s lov­ing ev­ery minute in the West Wing pres­sure cooker.

“I would of­fer, though, it is not the best job I ever had. The best job I ever had, as I said, is when I was an en­listed Marine sergeant in­fantry­man. So un­less things change, I’m not quit­ting, I’m not get­ting fired,” Kelly said.

Kelly also de­fended Trump’s Twit­ter at­tacks on GOP Sen. Bob Corker, whom the pres­i­dent dubbed “Lid­dle’ Bob” af­ter Corker sug­gested that the White House was in chaos.

“Let me just say that when mem­bers of Con­gress say things that are un­fair or crit­i­cal, the pres­i­dent has a right to de­fend him­self,” Kelly said.

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