John Kelly Makes Guest Appearance at White House Briefing to Deliver an Announcement
White House chief of staff John Kelly said Thursday that he is not resigning, making a surprise appearance in the White House press briefing room to push back against media reports that his relationship with President Donald Trump has been approaching a breaking point.
“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 previously unannounced 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.”
"Is this the iron hand that I brought to the staff?" Kelly said jokingly as he answered a question about the processes he has worked to establish inside the White House.
He also referenced the multiple times photographers have captured him appearing to look exasperated with Trump's comments: "Just put some organization to it. Put a smile on my face. Although you guys with the cameras always catch me when I'm thinking hard and it looks like I'm frustrated and mad."