Trump disputes unidentified report on Kelly’s imminent firing

President Donald Trump on Tuesday night rebuffed what he said was a news report claiming that his chief of staff “will soon be fired,” even though there appeared to be no such reporting by the national media.

“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,” the president tweeted, without citing any media outlet.

Trump added: “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!”

A Vanity Fair report published on Monday called Kelly and Trump’s relationship “irreparable,” and a Washington Post article the same day cited sources in the president’s “inner circle” as floating potential replacements for the chief of staff should the dynamic in the West Wing become “unsustainable.” Neither report said that Kelly’s departure is on the horizon.

Trump has been vocal in his public support of Kelly, repeatedly praising the former homeland security secretary’s influence in the West Wing. On Saturday, Trump told reporters Kelly “will be here — in my opinion — for the entire seven remaining years.”

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