Kelly urged staffers that "we should do exactly that we do every day and that is come to work and do the very best job we can and that is exactly what we are focused on", Sanders said.
As his aides sought to tamp down rumors that a staff shake-up was imminent Friday, the President watched the build up play out on television with barely contained glee, an administration official said. "I like having two people with different points of view, and I certainly have that". I think Mike Pompeo is going to be an incredible secretary of state'.
The White House, meanwhile, declined to comment at all when The Daily Beast reached out.
President Trump has chose to remove H.R. McMaster as his national security adviser and is actively discussing potential replacements, according to five people with knowledge of the plans, preparing to deliver yet another jolt to the senior ranks of his administration.
With a laugh, Trump said: "Who's next?"
Even still, the timing of a McMaster departure remains unclear.
As it happens, numerous people he's identified as his second string share the trait of appearing on television frequently.
Kelly also hinted that numerous rumors of cabinet members up on the chopping block, could have been spread by Trump himself, Axios reported.
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. Days later, Tillerson was sacked in a tweet by the president. But the candidates speak to a President eager to return to his comfort zone. Trump has grown frustrated with the drumbeat of Shulkin news, putting him in a precarious position.
White House aides initially claimed that Kelly had called Tillerson last Friday, interrupting a night's sleep in Africa to let him know the president planned to relieve him of duty.
U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is most likely the next official to leave the Trump administration, following a string of firings and resignations, according to an online betting website said which put the odds against him staying at 3/2. In one recent appearance on Fox News, Bolton encouraged diplomacy with North Korea, advising that Trump should meet with Kim Jong Un in Geneva by the end of March.
It's the very question that has the whole White House on edge.
Kelly revealed the surprise anecdote in a room of reporters and senior Trump administration officials Friday. This was most recently evidenced by his recent selection of economist and television pundit Larry Kudlow to be his top economic adviser, replacing Gary Cohn, who recently stepped down over steel tariffs.