According to Truth Examiner, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly just dismissed rumors he’s close to quitting or being fired by Donald Trump at the daily White House press briefing.

During the surprise appearance in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room, Kelly has addressed reports of friction between himself and President Trump.

“I’m not quitting today,” he told reporters. “I just talked to the president. I don’t think I’m being fired today. And I’m not so frustrated in this job that I’m thinking of leaving.”

During his rare appearance before reporters assembled in the James S. Brady Briefing Room for the White House’s press briefing, the retired general told the press corps that they are a big frustration for President Trump.

“When I watch TV in the morning, it is astounding to me how much is misreported,” Kelly said.

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In addition, he said that not only is this the hardest job he has ever had but also the most important one.

“The Fake News is at it again, this time trying to hurt one of the finest people I know, General John Kelly, by saying he will soon be fired,” Trump tweeted Tuesday. “This story is totally made up by the dishonest media.The Chief is doing a FANTASTIC job for me and, more importantly, for the USA!” he continued.

Back in July, Trump appointed Kelly as his chief of staff, moving the retired Marine general to the position from his role as head of the Department of Homeland Security.

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People close to both Trump and Kelly, as well as some advisers have said there have been tensions and frustration between the two while working with each other. However, Trump has repeatedly praised his chief’s performance, last weekend he even predicted that Kelly would stay on the job for seven years, until the completion of the president’s second term.

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