WATCH: White House chief of staff: 'I'm not quitting today … I don't think I'm being fired today.'


Transcript for White House chief of staff: ‘I’m not quitting today … I don’t think I’m being fired today.’

Next tonight, president trump and his chief of staff, general John Kelly, today, a very rare moment. Amid reports of growing tension between the two, the chief of staff suddenly walking into the white house briefing room, and he took questions about his relationship with president trump. Here’s ABC’s chief white house correspondent Jonathan Karl. Reporter: Chief of staff John Kelly firmly denied reports he’s so fed up with his job he wants to quit. Although I read it all the time, pretty consistently, I’m not quitting today. I don’t believe, and I just talked to the president, I don’t think I’m being fired today. And I’m not so frustrated in this job that I’m thinking of leaving. Reporter: It’s the first time Kelly has taken questions from the white house press corps since becoming the ultimate behind the scenes power player. Do his tweets make your job more difficult, general Kelly? No. Reporter: Kelly said his job responsibilities do not include managing the president’s Twitter feed. I was not sent in to, or brought in to control him. Reporter: Amid widespread reports of dysfunction and discord in the west wing, the president has come forward in recent days to praise Kelly’s leadership. He loves doing this, which is chief of staff, more than anything he’s ever done. Reporter: The retired marine puts it this way. This is the hardest job I’ve ever had, this is, in my view, the most important job I ever had. I would offer, though, it is not the best job I ever had. Best job I ever had, as I’ve said many times is when I was an enlisted marine sergeant infant infantryman. That was the best job I ever had. Jonathan Karl live at the white house tonight. The chief of staff was asked about the executive order signed today by president trump that potentially clears the way for sweeping changes in health insurance, Jon? Reporter: Potentially, David. What it does, it triggers a review of changes that would allow insurance companies to offer stripped down insurance policies. Those would mean lower premiums for people that get those stripped down plans, but health care experts warn that such plans could offer no coverage for basic services like maternity care, prescription drugs and even ambulance services. David? So, certainly a lot of debate to come on this. Jon car, our thanks to you. The president also tweeting

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