Trump told advisers Kelly's job is '100% safe': report

Trump told advisers Kelly's job is '100% safe': report
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's top adviser on Asia to serve as deputy national security adviser United Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Trump doubles down on call to investigate Biden after whistleblower complaint: 'That's the real story' MORE has reportedly told advisers that White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE's job is "100 percent safe," amid fears that the retired Marine general could be the latest to leave the administration amid a series of high-profile firings and resignations.

The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Trump and Kelly met Thursday, where they patched up a rift that emerged earlier this week when the president abruptly fired Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonTillerson: Netanyahu 'played' Trump with misinformation Pompeo sees status grow with Bolton exit Trump blasts 'Mr. Tough Guy' Bolton: 'He made some very big mistakes' MORE in a tweet.

Kelly was reportedly taken aback by Trump's treatment of Tillerson, and aides worried that he would push the issue with the president, the Journal reported. 


Staff secretary Rob Porter, communications director Hope HicksHope Charlotte HicksTrump: 'Top shows' on Fox News, cable are 'Fair (or great)' to me Trump criticizes Fox, which 'isn't working for us anymore' Sarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor MORE and John McEntee, Trump's personal assistant, are among the White House staffers who have left the administration in the last six weeks alone.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the Journal in a statement that "Kelly is not going anywhere."

Kelly and Trump are known to clash at times, but the president has repeatedly expressed confidence in his chief of staff, telling a gathering of Marines in San Diego this week that Kelly is "doing a great job."

"He likes what you do better than what he does," Trump said. "But he’s doing a great job. He misses you."

Trump raised eyebrows on Tuesday when he unexpectedly announced in a tweet that he had fired Tillerson and tapped CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo: Countries should reject China's demands to repatriate Uighurs Trump says he will consider releasing transcript of Ukraine call White House officials, Giuliani come to Trump's defense on Ukraine allegations MORE as his next secretary of State.

The White House said Tillerson had been given a heads-up about the news days earlier. But a statement issued by Steven Goldstein, the undersecretary of State for public diplomacy, said that Tillerson learned the news from the president's tweet.

Goldstein was fired shortly after that for contradicting the official White House account of Tillerson's ouster.

The Washington Post reported Thursday evening that Trump is currently looking at potential replacements for national security adviser H.R. McMaster.