Sunday, 19 November, 2017

John Kelly To Media: Actually, Trump Loves Me And Hates Nukes

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Kelly spoke to reporters a day after Trump threatened to revoke NBC's broadcast license.

"Unless things change, I'm not quitting, I'm not getting fired, and I don't think I'll fire anyone tomorrow", Kelly said.

Donald Trump's chief of staff has denied he is on the verge of quitting and hit out at media speculation about his job in an unexpected public appearance.

Kelly, a former Marine general who served as secretary of Homeland Security and commander of the U.S. Southern Command, admitted that the job of gatekeeper to Trump is "the hardest job I've ever had".

"As far as the tweets go, you know, it's amusing, I read in the paper - well, you all know, you write it - that I've been a failure at controlling the president, or a failure at controlling his tweeting, and all that", Kelly told reporters at a White House press briefing. But I would just offer to you the advice. maybe develop some better sources.

Nearly every day some mainstream media reporter breaks a story about how the White House is in meltdown and the only thing standing between the nation and the abyss is Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly. Based on Trump's track record of late, these assertions are either lies or grim indictments of Kelly's ability to do his job effectively, and I'm genuinely not sure which explanation is worse for him.

President Trump's chief of staff said Thursday that he had no intention of quitting and did not believe he was going to be fired - even while joking that, "It's not the best job I've ever had".

"You guys always catch me when I'm thinking hard and it looks like I'm frustrated and I'm mad", he said.

"No, I'm not frustrated", Kelly shot back.

"Right now we think the threat is manageable but over time if it grows beyond where it is today, well, let's hope that diplomacy works", said Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general. Of course, he didn't use that word, but I think that's a fair paraphrase of what he said.

He went on to take additional questions from reporters, avoiding those from wire services and major papers - intentionally or not - and addressing correspondents he didn't know as "you". But are you frustrated? "All I said is, we have to renegotiate these agreements, because our country can not afford to defend Saudi Arabia, Japan, Germany, South Korea and many other places". It is astounding to me how much is misreported.

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