Thursday’s White House press briefing took a turn for the unexpected when Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders turned the podium over to President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, Gen. John Kelly.
At the tail end of the briefing, Kelly made a false exit and then took one more question. The reporter pressed him on rising tensions with North Korea but also asked about the president’s tweeting habits.
“As far as the tweets go,” the retired general said, “it’s funny.” He then confessed he had read about reports from the media he has been “a failure at controlling the president or a failure at controlling his tweeting and all that.”
“I was not sent in or was not brought to this job to control anything but the flow of information to our president so that he can make the best decisions,” the chief of staff said of his position within the White House.
Taking a moment to comment on his thoughts on the president, calling him “decisive” and “a very thoughtful man,” he said Trump “takes information in from every avenue he can receive it.”
Kelly then doubled down on his sentiment from a few moments earlier: “So, again, I was not sent in to or brought in to control him.”
He continued by saying his effectiveness shouldn’t be measured by “what you think I should be doing, but simply the fact is I can guarantee you that [the president] is now presented with options, well-thought-out options.”
Watch Kelly’s comments below, via Fox News.