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Thursday, 12 October 2017 19:48

John Kelly says he isn't quitting or getting fired today

Written by  CBS News

Last Updated Oct 12, 2017 7:45 PM EDT

White House chief of staff John Kelly tried to put to rest any rumors Thursday that he might resign from the White House, or get fired, anytime soon.

"Unless things change, I'm not quitting, I'm not getting fired, and I don't think I'll fire anyone tomorrow," Kelly told reporters during the daily White House press briefing.

Kelly's appearance comes amid reports that he is frustrated in his role, as he works with an often unpredictable president who takes to Twitter to air his grievances. Kelly, who left his position as homeland security secretary to be chief of staff this summer, fought against the notion that he joined the White House to tame President Trump.

"I was not brought in to control him, and you should not measure my effectiveness as a chief of staff by what you think I should be doing," Kelly said.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly calls on a reporter during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Thu., Oct. 12, 2017.


Kelly's briefing also comes after a Wednesday NBC report claiming Mr. Trump requested a tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal, a report Mr.

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