Kelly: My Job Is Not to 'Control' Trump

White House chief of staff John Kelly dismissed reports that he is frustrated in his job and considering leaving.

"Although I read it all the time pretty consistently, I'm not quitting today", Kelly said during a White House briefing.

"My only frustration with all due respect to everyone in the room is when I come to work in the morning and see things I allegedly said, or Mr. Trump allegedly said, or people who are going to be fired or whatever", Kelly said.

Since becoming chief of staff earlier this year, Kelly has worked to tighten the flow of information to Trump.

"[Gen. Kelly] puts to rest an terrible lot of these rumors and this conjecture and these plain out fictions that we see every single day", she said on "The Intelligence Report".

Although President Donald Trump recently declared his top diplomat was "wasting his time" trying to negotiate with the North, Kelly said he hopes diplomacy works before the nation can develop its weapons capabilities further.

And asked about the president's own frustrations, Kelly replied frankly: "One of his frustrations is you".


Kelly called the job the hardest and most important job he's ever had, but not the best job he's had, saying that that the best job he's ever had was when he was an enlisted Marine.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said Thursday the North Korean nuclear and missile threat is "manageable" for now but the isolated nation can't be allowed to develop the ability to strike the USA homeland.

"People should be concerned about a state that has developed a pretty good ICBM capability", Kelly said, addressing the threat to Guam as well as the US mainland.

But he offered the assembled reporters a piece of advice: "Maybe develop some better sources".

He said there's already "great concern" about Americans who live in Guam. He previously served just over six months as Secretary of Homeland Security.

During period of US President George W. Bush, Ministry had long served in many stages, while duties of Congress were also included. The chief of staff did so with a smile and a salute.

  • Tracy Klein