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 TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates 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 TillersonLeaked Trump transition vetting documents show numerous officials with 'red flags': Axios Bolton says Russia, China seeking to promote discord in Trump administration Trump's nastiest break-ups: A look at the president's most fiery feuds 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. 

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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 PompeoTrump calls on foreign countries to protect their own oil tankers Trump to travel to South Korea The Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck 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.