U.S. believes current North Korea nuclear threat is manageable - White House
- Author: Adam Floyd Oct 16, 2017,
Oct 16, 2017, 0:14
One showed him staring at the floor at a press conference in NY as Trump rambled about "both sides" being to blame for violence at a white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The retired Marine Corps general and former secretary of homeland security began the briefing by addressing the reports that he's been frustrated in what he admitted was "the hardest job I've ever had" but also "the most important job I ever had".
Q General Kelly, if I could, you said you're not so frustrated that you're thinking of leaving. "Maybe develop some better sources".
North Korea was just one topic that Kelly touched on in a surprise appearance in the White House briefing room that seemed timed mainly to allow him to debunk numerous recent media reports that he is unhappy in his job and might quit.More news: McDonald's bringing back Szechuan Sauce for one day
"This is the hardest job I've ever had".
President Trump's chief of staff said Thursday that he had no intention of quitting and did not believe he was going to be fired - even while joking that, "It's not the best job I've ever had". "'I think we are in pressure cooker territory, ' said this person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to talk candidly". "But when we go in to see him now, rather than onesies and twosies, we go in and help him collectively understand what he needs to understand to makes these vital decisions".
Kelly added that serving as chief of staff is the "hardest job" he's ever done. Of course, he didn't use that word, but I think that's a fair paraphrase of what he said.
I don't mean any criticism to Mr. Trump's predecessors, but there's an terrible lot of things that were, in my view, kicked down the road, that have come home to roost, pretty much right now that have to be dealt with.
"I was not brought to this job to control anything but the flow of information to our president", he said.
Insisting he did not mean to criticize Trump's predecessors, Kelly added, "but there are an terrible lot of things that got kicked down the road that have come home to roost now and have to be dealt with". "To him, these all seem like obvious things that need to be done to protect the American people, bring jobs back", Kelly said.