White House Chief of Staff Kelly dismisses quitting rumors

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said on Thursday the Trump administration thinks the threat posed by North Korea's nuclear weapons capability is now manageable but Pyongyang can not be allowed to develop the ability to strike the United States homeland. "This is, in my view, the most important job I've ever had", Kelly added.

"I was not sent in or brought in to control him, and you should not measure my effectiveness as a chief of staff by what you think I should be doing, but simply the fact is I can guarantee to you that he is now presented with options, well thought out options", Kelly said.

President Donald Trump on Thursday introduced his choice to lead the Department of Homeland Security, a former staffer at the sprawling federal agency who he says will need "no on-the-job training" to take on the lead role.


Kelly blamed the media for misleading stories about discord at the White House, albeit in more polite language than the president customarily uses. And at Trump's speech last month before the U.N., Kelly had his head in his hands.

"All of you", he told the White House press corps.

"People should be concerned about a state that has developed a pretty good ICBM capability", Kelly said, addressing the threat to Guam as well as the US mainland. "Some person that works way down inside an office, well, develop some better sources".


Congress has also been frustrating to the president, Kelly added. I will give you the benefit of the doubt that you are operating off of contacts, leaks, whatever you call them, but I would just offer to you the advice, I would say, maybe develop some better sources.

"Right now we think the threat is manageable, but over time, if it grows beyond where it is today, let's hope that diplomacy works", Kelly said. Gone is Kelly's predecessor, Reince Priebus; press secretary Sean Spicer, and National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, to name a few.

Nielsen formerly served as John Kelly's deputy when he held the post of Trump's first DHS secretary.



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