Trump Picks Top White House Aide to run Homeland Security

Micky Bedell | BDN
  Micky Bedell | BDN  Former U.S. Senator William S. Cohen speaks in 2016

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly says he's not going anywhere anytime soon. 'I would tell you, this is the hardest job I've ever had.

"It's amusing, I read in the paper, you all know you write it, that I've been a failure at controlling the president or controlling his tweeting", the White House chief of staff said.

There have been reports that Kelly is unhappy in the job as Trump's legislative agenda stalls and the president continues to picks fights with everyone from senators to National Football League players to a mayor in hurricate-hit Puerto Rico.

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. "Not all of you, but many of you".

"As I said when I first started talking, again, I am a reasonable guy, but when I read. watch TV in the morning, it is astounding to me about how much is misreported".

"A state that has developed a pretty good ICBM (missile) capability and is developing a pretty good nuclear re-entry vehicle, I would believe ... that that state simply can not have the ability to reach the homeland", Kelly said.

Kelly also noted that "Congress has been frustrating" to the President.

"Let's hope that diplomacy works", he said.

Kelly also said of Trump: "I hear him most say about nuclear weapons that, "Wouldn't it be great if we could get rid of them all?' as opposed to 'We need 10 times more". He previously served just over six months as Secretary of Homeland Security. "But I listen to everybody and ultimately I will do what's right for the United States and really what's right for the world", he said, adding, "it's a problem that has to be solved".

Making his debut public appearance before journalists Thursday, the four-star Marine Corps General dismissed reports that he was frustrated working with Trump and blasted the media for its coverage of the administration.

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