‘I’m not quit­ting,’ Kelly says



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.”

“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.”

A four-star Marine Corps gen­eral, Kelly took over as Trump’s chief of staff on July 28 and has en­forced new or­der and dis­ci­pline in a chaotic West Wing. Ad­vis­ers have said there have been ten­sions as the two men ad­just to work­ing with each other, although Trump has re­peat­edly praised his aide’s per­for­mance — even pre­dict­ing last week­end that Kelly would stay on the job for seven years. Kelly

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