Chief of Staff John Kelly pushed back Thursday against rumors he's considering leaving the administration or that President Donald Trump plans to fire him.
“I am not quitting today,” Kelly said, eliciting laughter from briefing room. “I don't believe, I don't think I am being fired today. I'm not so frustrated in this job that I am thinking of leaving.”
Kelly added that working in the White House is both the “hardest” and the “most important job” he's ever had. However, the retired Marine Corps general said his “best” job was working as “an enlisted marine.”
When pressed by reporters if he's at least frustrated in his current post, Kelly said he's not, instead pointing the finger at previous administrations, saying: “There were an awful lot of things that were, in my view, kicked down the road that have come home to roost.”
“My only frustration, with all due respect to everyone in the room, is when I come to work in the morning and read about things I allegedly said, or things that Mr. Trump allegedly said, or people who are going to be fired: It's just not true.”
“That's my frustration,” Kelly said. “I mean no disrespect to y'all.”
Watch the chief of staff's comments below, via Fox News.