White House Chief of Staff John Kelly told a room full of reporters that they were one of President Trump's biggest frustrations. "But I would just offer to you the advice", he added.
There have been recent rumors and reports about the retired four-starMarine Corps general and the challenges of being Trump's chief of staff.
"I don't think I'm being fired today, and I'm not so frustrated in this job that I'm thinking of leaving", he said.
"It's amusing, I read in the paper-you all know, you write it-that I have been a failure at controlling the president or a failure at controlling his tweeting and all that", Kelly said.
Kelly, who stepped in as Trump's second chief of staff on July 28, replaced former Republican National Committee chair, Reince Priebus. "This is, in my view, the most important job I've ever had". He said the North has developed a "pretty good" intercontinental ballistic missile capability and is developing a nuclear re-entry vehicle, which is needed for a missile to survive re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere.
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He said the NIA had filed chargesheets in 28 cases with a success rate of 85 per cent and a conviction rate of over 90 per cent. "I compliment them", he said while inaugurating the new headquarters of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) here.
"I was not sent in or brought in to control him, and you should not measure my effectiveness as a chief of staff by what you think I should be doing, but simply the fact is I can guarantee to you that he is now presented with options, well thought out options", Kelly said.
When asked what frustrates the president, Kelly laughed and said he thought that it was the media. So unless things change, I'm not quitting, I'm not getting fired. The best job I've ever had, as I've said many times, is when I was an enlisted marine sergeant infantryman.
Although Trump recently declared that secretary of state Rex Tillerson was "wasting his time" trying to negotiate Pyongyang, Kelly added: "Let's hope diplomacy works". He previously served just over six months as Secretary of Homeland Security.
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.
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