Chief of staff John Kelly says ‘I’m not here to control Trump’

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly firmly pushed back Thursday on a proliferating political and media narrative that his role is that of head teacher in a ‘day care’ White House where the most unruly pupil is the president of the United States.

‘It’s funny, I read in the paper – you all know you write it – that I’ve been a failure at controlling the president, or a failure at controlling his tweeting and all that,’ Kelly said – as he faced the White House press corps and provided assurances that he was neither quitting nor getting fired.

‘I was not brought to this job to control anything but the flow of information to our president so that he can make the best decisions,’ Kelly said