Trump chief of staff says he’s not quitting or being fired

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House
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White House Chief of Staff John Kelly in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House.

In an unusual press conference Thursday afternoon, President Trump’s chief of staff, John Kelly, told reporters that he wasn’t quitting the administration or frustrated with his job.

“I’m not quitting today,” Kelly said to scattered laughter after being introduced by press secretary Sarah Sanders. “I don’t think I’m being fired today. I’m not so frustrated in this job that I’m thinking of leaving.”

Kelly’s appearance came in the wake of media reports that he was increasingly frustrated and only remaining in the role out of a sense of duty.


Kelly said that such reports were inaccurate.

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“Maybe develop some better sources,” he said to reporters Thursday.

Kelly also denied reports that he tries to control Trump and what he tweets.

“I was not brought into this job to control anything but the flow of information to the president so he can make the best decisions,” he said. “I was not brought in to control him.”

Kelly said that his job was to either give the president advice or seek the best counsel for him.


“I can guarantee to you he is now presented with options — well thought out options,” Kelly said. “Those options are discussed in detail with his team and then he comes up with the right decision.”

Kelly’s extraordinary statements are the latest examples of Trump administration officials professing their loyalty publicly Trump, refuting reports that suggest problems in the chaotic administration.

Last week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson publicly reiterated his support for Trump after reports that he had called the president a ‘‘moron.’’

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report. Christina Prignano can be reached at christina.prignano@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @cprignano.