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 TrumpGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump Trump speaks to rebel Libyan general attacking Tripoli Dem lawmaker: Mueller report shows 'substantial body of evidence' on obstruction 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 TillersonJuan Williams: The high price of working for Trump Graham jokes to Pompeo: You're the 'longest-serving member of the cabinet, right?' Trump moves to install loyalists 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 feared Mueller's appointment: 'This is the end of my Presidency' Investigators in Trump hush money probe interviewed Hicks, security chief: report The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — House Dems flex subpoena powers 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 PompeoOvernight Defense: Pentagon confirms North Korea weapons test | Air Force Academy no longer allowing transgender students to enroll | Trump officials clash over arms control report What must the leaders of Russia, China, North Korea be thinking? The Hill's 12:30 Report: Inside the Mueller report 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.