Kelly seeks to reassure White House staff, pledges 'no immediate personnel changes'

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The White House is busy trying to extinguish rumors President Trump is ready to fire more staffers.

The Daily Beast reports that Chief of Staff John Kelly allegedly told journalists at an off-the-record meeting that former Secretary of State of Rex Tillerson was sacked while sitting on the toilet. He fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson via Twitter this week.

That's according to presidential spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday.

"You can imagine how people lower down feel", said R. Nicholas Burns, a Harvard Kennedy School professor and former diplomat who worked under presidents of both parties.

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Then, yesterday, the Trump administration imposed sanctions on numerous Russian individuals and organizations.

"It looks as though the American policymakers, the teams are getting more hawkish and therefore I think this is going to put a lot of pressure on the Iranian deal and so it looks as though we might be heading to him refusing to renew it and that's going to have consequences", Urquhart-Stewart said. The White House, meanwhile, declined to comment at all when The Daily Beast reached out. That followed the announcement that National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn is stepping down.

Several reports recently have indicated that McMaster could be the next top official to leave the White House.

In private conversations in recent weeks with aides and friends Mr Trump has reflected on his desire to reshape the administration. He has told confidants he wants to rid himself of staffers who hold him back.

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Mcmaster, a three star general, and President Trump never really gelled.

Kelly also hinted that numerous rumors of cabinet members up on the chopping block, could have been spread by Trump himself, Axios reported.

The newspaper said Mr. Trump is discussing potential replacements for Mr. McMaster, but is willing to take his time because he wants to avoid humiliating him as well as to have a successor ready.

The president also recently told an ally that he was still frustrated by an interview that Kelly gave to Fox News almost two months ago in which he suggested that Trump had "evolved" in his thinking about the need for a wall on the Mexican border.

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Kelly has been credited with imposing order on the chaotic West Wing, but his relationship with Trump has also come under strain.

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