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 TrumpHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche Countdown clock is on for Mueller conclusions Omar: White supremacist attacks are rising because Trump publicly says 'Islam hates us' 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 TillersonPompeo jokes he'll be secretary of State until Trump 'tweets me out of office' Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN ambassador job Trump administration’s top European diplomat to resign in February 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 PompeoFive things to watch as AIPAC conference kicks off US sanctions Venezuelan bank after Guaidó aide's arrest The Hill's Morning Report — Washington readies for Mueller end game 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.