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 USA homeland.
"Unless things change, I'm not quitting, I'm not getting fired and I don't think I'll fire anyone tomorrow", the retired Marine Corps general and former secretary of homeland security told reporters at the daily White House briefing as reports swirled that he's frustrated as the provocative president's top aide. And at Trump's speech last month before the U.N., Kelly had his head in his hands.
Kelly said that Americans should be concerned about North Korea.
Kelly said he was brought into the West Wing to "put some organization into it", but not necessarily to try to control the president - or oversee an "adult day care center", as Sen. The president did not identify the source of the referenced reports, though stories from multiple news organizations earlier in the week described the relationship between Trump and Kelly as on tenuous footing.
"One of his frustrations is you". All of you. Not all of you, but many of you.
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"Maybe develop some better sources", Kelly added.
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said Thursday the North Korean nuclear and missile threat is "manageable" for now but the isolated nation can't be allowed to develop the ability to strike the US homeland.
"As I said when I first started talking, again, I am a reasonable guy, but when I read. watch TV in the morning, it is astounding to me about how much is misreported". "This is really, really hard work - running the United States of America".
Kelly also said of Trump: "I hear him most say about nuclear weapons that, "Wouldn't it be great if we could get rid of them all?' as opposed to 'We need 10 times more".
On Thursday, Kelly took to the briefing room lectern, with surprising ease, and spoke with journalists in an apparent effort to dispel the recent negative reporting and chatter about him and his management of the West Wing.