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WASHINGTON - White House chief of staff John Kelly slapped down rumors that he was about to resign or be fired and said on Thursday his push to bring more order to the West Wing does not extend to controlling US President Donald Trump or his social media habits.
In a rare appearance before reporters, the retired general sought to project an aura of calm in a White House that has been criticized as chaotic.
"Unless things change, I'm not quitting, I'm not getting fired, and I don't think I'll fire anyone tomorrow," Kelly told reporters.
Kelly replaced Trump's first chief of staff, Reince Priebus, after a tumultuous first six months in office and sought to bring order to an often chaotic operation at the White House.
Under his watch, Trump parted ways with chief strategist Steve Bannon and other top officials, while new restrictions were set to streamline meetings and material for the president.
But reports of both Kelly's and the president's frustrations have persisted, sparking continued speculation of pending shakeups.
Trump has confided to friends that he has felt constrained by some of Kelly’s moves to limit access to him and some administration officials have privately chafed at the restrictions as well, sources familiar with the internal dynamics of the White House have said.