Kelly makes surprise appearance at briefing: ‘I’m not quitting today’

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.

“I would just offer to you that, although I read it all the time, pretty consistently, I’m not quitting today. 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,” Kelly said during a surprise appearance at the White House press briefing. “Unless things change, I’m not quitting, I’m not getting fired, and I don’t think they’ll fire anyone tomorrow.”

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. Since then, the former Marine Corps general has sought to instill discipline and order in what had been a chaotic West Wing.



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