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White House's John Kelly: I'm not leaving or getting fired 'unless things change'

Jacob Pramuk

White House chief of staff John Kelly says the job is the hardest he's ever had — but he has no plans to leave, yet.

"I am not so frustrated in this job that I'm thinking of leaving," he told reporters on Thursday during a rare appearance at the White House press briefing.

"Unless things change, I'm not quitting. I'm not getting fired," he added.

On Monday, Vanity Fair reported that tensions had risen between President Donald Trump and his chief of staff. Some in the White House have speculated about how long the former Marine general will last in the administration.

Kelly was seen as bringing discipline to Trump's White House when he took the post this summer. He cracked down on the types of information that Trump read, as well as the people he met in the West Wing.

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