White House Chief of Staff John Kelly made a surprise appearance at Thursday’s press briefing, where he told reporters that he is “not quitting” and is “not frustrated” in the job — in an apparent swipe at rampant media reports.
Among them was a Vanity Fair report saying he’s struggling in the position.
But Kelly told reporters he’s staying put.
“I’m not quitting today. I don’t think I’m being fired today. I am not so frustrated in this job that I am thinking of leaving,” Kelly told reporters, adding he is “not frustrated.” “I will tell you this is the hardest job I’ve ever had.”
Kelly added that, “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 that he decided not to do “too much press” until he got his “feet off the ground.”
“This is really, really hard work. Running the United States of America—I don’t run it, but I am working for someone who is dedicated,” Kelly said.
The former Marine general and secretary of the Department of Homeland Security told reporters that his “only frustration” was reading news that is “just not true.”
“My only frustration, ith all respect to people in the room, is to come to work and read about things I allegedly said or Mr. Trump allegedly said and it’s just not true,” Kelly said, echoing the president’s “fake news” mantra. “And I mean no disrespect to you all.”