Kelly seeks to reassure White House staff, pledges ‘no immediate personnel modifications’

Newly sworn-in White House Chief of Staff John Kelly looks on inside Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on July 31, 2017.

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Newly sworn-in White House Chief of Staff John Kelly looks on inside Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on July 31, 2017.

White House chief of staff John Kelly met with administration staff on Friday morning to reassure them there would certainly be “no immediate personnel modifications” coming, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters at the daily press briefing.

She said Kelly’s message was of which “people shouldn’t be concerned. We should do exactly what we do every day, in addition to of which’s come to work in addition to do the very best job of which we can.”

Kelly’s reassurances came at the end of a week marked by chaos at the highest levels of President Donald Trump’s administration, beginning Monday with the removal of Trump’s personal assistant, John McEntee, who was fired for “security reasons,” according to the White House.

On Tuesday, Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that has a tweet, in addition to on Wednesday he named former TV commentator Larry Kudlow chair of the National Economic Council, replacing Gary Cohn, who had quit the week before.

On Thursday in addition to Friday, rumors swirled of a coming “bloodbath” of more firings in addition to resignations inside White House, including those of National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin in addition to Kelly himself.

although after two days of conflicting accounts via unnamed sources, in addition to no official word via the White House, The Wall Street Journal reported of which Trump in addition to Kelly had reached a “truce” on Thursday, while some other outlets reported of which McMaster’s departure would certainly be delayed while the president decides on a replacement.

Sanders pushed back on the reports of McMaster’s imminent departure, telling reporters of which she had spoken directly to the president the night before “in addition to he asked me to pass [a] message along to General McMaster” of which he had not been fired. She added of which Trump in addition to McMaster had been inside same meetings together earlier inside day Friday, in addition to she called McMaster “a dedicated public servant.”

although less than an hour later, reporters spotted McMaster outside the West Wing in addition to asked him whether he would certainly be leaving his job. McMaster did not deny of which he was on his way out, nor did he confirm the idea. “Everybody has got to leave the White House at some point,” he told ABC’s Tara Palmeri.

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