WH: Reports That Trump Plans to Replace Chief of Staff ‘Fake News’

By Melanie Arter | June 29, 2018 | 9:55pm EDT
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly (Screenshot)

(CNSNews.com) - White House Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters told reporters Thursday that a Wall Street Journal report that President Donald Trump is looking to replace White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is “fake news.”

“I spoke to the president, who refuted this article. He said it is absolutely not true and that it is fake news. Since speaking to the president, that article is inaccurate,” Walters said during a gaggle on board Air Force One en route to Joint Base Andrews.

When asked whether Trump is talking to others about a potential replacement for Kelly at any point in the future, Walters said, “The president pushed back on the article. He referred to it as fake news. I've also spoken to General Kelly, who said this was news to him. So both individuals in question have said there is no truth to this article.”

During a gaggle onboard Air Force One en route to New Jersey, Trump said he has a “very good relationship” with Kelly.

“He's a wonderful man. John Kelly, 4 star, wonderful man. Don't forget, this is a big change for him. This has not been an easy change for him. We have a very, very good relationship,” he said.

When asked how long Kelly will stick around, Trump said, “That I can't tell you, but I can say we've had a very good relationship, and we've achieved a lot...I like John a lot. I like him and I respect him."


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