White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly on Thursday sought to dismiss reports that he is frustrated in his job and that he is planning to quit.
"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.
"Unless things change, I'm not quitting, I'm not getting fired and I don't think I'll fire anyone tomorrow", the retired Marine Corps general and former secretary of homeland security told reporters at the daily White House briefing as reports swirled that he's frustrated as the provocative president's top aide. Another caught Kelly with his head in his hands during the president's address to the United Nations general assembly.
"All of you", Kelly said.
Kelly accepted the job as White House chief of staff in late July, replacing Reince Priebus, who stepped down amid a particularly turbulent period inside Trump's White House.
"I have found that Mr. Trump, from the day I met him, he is a decisive guy, he is a very thoughtful man", Kelly added.More news: Las Vegas gunman's girlfriend located in Philippines
And asked about the president's own frustrations, Kelly replied frankly: "One of his frustrations is you".
On Thursday, Kelly took to the briefing room lectern, with surprising ease, and spoke with journalists in an apparent effort to dispel the recent negative reporting and chatter about him and his management of the West Wing.
Kelly also addressed a separate question on whether Americans should be concerned about North Korea. "But I would just offer to you the advice", he added.
The president has reportedly bristled at the more structured flow of information to the president, and some on the far-right have lamented that Kelly has seemingly restricted some of Trump's access to right-leaning media outlets, thought Trump is still a regular viewer of Fox News' opinion programs.
The chief of staff said he recognized that many members of the media were "operating off of contacts, leaks, whatever you call them". The chief of staff did so with a smile and a salute.