White House chief of staff: 'I'm not quitting today'

In a statement, Senator Ron Johnson said, "Ms. Nielsen's long history of service with the Department, her cybersecurity experience and her tenure serving with General John Kelly would serve her well as the next Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security".

John Kelly, who has so far maintained a low public profile at the White House, on Thursday described the president as a "thoughtful" and "straightforward guy" and joined his criticism of the media over what he claimed are false reports. "I don't believe - and I just talked to the president - I don't believe that I'm being fired today". "Unless things change, I'm not quitting, I'm not getting fired, and I don't think they'll fire anyone tomorrow". Vanity Fair reported Wednesday that Kelly was "miserable in his job and is remaining out of a sense of duty to keep Trump from making some sort of disastrous decision".

"It's amusing, I read in the paper-you all know, you write it-that I have been a failure at controlling the president or a failure at controlling his tweeting and all that", Kelly said.

Nielsen, however, has drawn some resentment in her current White House position, as she and Kelly have tried to instil more discipline at the White House. He said the North has developed a "pretty good" intercontinental ballistic missile capability and is developing a nuclear re-entry vehicle, which is needed for a missile to survive re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere.

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Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, told FOX Business' Trish Regan that there's much frustration with thinly sourced reports by non-credible sources.

One former Homeland Security official, who asked for anonymity so that the person could speak candidly, says the pick is a controversial one, and that people at the department are already speaking about leaving if the nomination moves forward. "This is, in my view, the most important job I've ever had".

But he offered the assembled reporters a piece of advice: "Maybe develop some better sources".

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