WASHINGTON — White House Chief of Staff John Kelly told reporters Thursday that President Donald Trump’s Twitter habit does not make his job harder.
“The job of the chief of staff is to staff the president, give him the best advice or go get the best advice I can give him, help him consume advice, help him work through the decision-making process in an informed way,” Kelly said during a surprise appearance in the White House briefing room. “That’s my job and that’s what I do.”
Trump frequently attacks critics and makes bombastic claims via social media.
Within the span of the past week, the president has picked a fight with Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and threatened to challenge news networks’ broadcasting licenses.
While sanctioning his boss’ Twitter use, Kelly, a former four-star general and Homeland Security Secretary, said his current position has been the “hardest” job he he’s ever had.
During his time at the podium Thursday, Kelly also batted down rumors that he is planning on leaving the administration.
“I don’t think I’m being fired today and I am not so frustrated in this job that I’m thinking of leaving,” Kelly said.
Kelly also took a shot at the media, whom Trump has been at odds with for stories that the president claims are simply made-up, including reports from NBC News that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Trump a “moron” after the commander-in-chief allegedly asked for an increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal.
Noting that he gave outlets the benefit of the doubt that they are not fabricating stories out of thin air, Kelly advised reporters to “develop some better sources.”