Kelly tells White House staff what to expect in ‘immediate personnel changes’ (VIDEOS)

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On Friday, White House Chief of staff John Kelly briefed staff to reassure them that there are no additional dismissals planned “at this time,” according to the White House.

The report comes after speculation mounted that a major staff overhaul was about to go down, following President Trump’s firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other departures were announced in quick succession.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders reported on Kelly’s actions, saying, “The chief of staff actually spoke to a number of staff this morning, reassuring them that there were no immediate personnel changes at this time and that people shouldn’t be concerned, that we should do exactly what we do every day, and that’s come to work and do the best job we can.”

Sanders continued,“That’s exactly what we’re doing and exactly what we’re focused on.”

After a report from The Washington Post late Thursday said Trump has decided to remove national security adviser H.R. McMaster from his post, Sanders issued a late-night tweet that denied it.

Saying Trump and McMaster “have a good working relationship,” Sanders tweeted that according to conversations she’d had with both men, “there are no changes at the [National Security Council].”

The Hill reports further on Sanders’ Friday statements (see in videos below) to reporters:  “Our focus is not on a lot of the news stories you would like us to be focused on,” she told reporters. “We’re actually focused on what the American people want us to do. That’s to come here, to do our jobs. General McMaster is a dedicated public servant and he is here not focused on the news stories that many of you are writing but on some really big issues, things like North Korea, Russia, Iran. That’s what he’s doing. And that’s what we’ll continue to be focused on every single day we show up for work.”

McMaster was seen at the White House Friday afternoon, triggering a “flurry” among reporters, the Washington Examiner reports. Apparently, reporters were waiting for the ax to fall.

From the Examiner: McMaster appeared twice outside the West Wing, resulting in a rush of reporters out of the adjacent White House briefing room. A pool report described the scene as a “press corps fire drill.”

“Everybody has got to leave the White House at some point,” McMaster told Tara Palmeri of ABC News, who tweeted his remarks after the first sighting.

The report continues: When pressed on whether he would be leaving sooner rather than later, he reportedly said, “I’m doing my job,” before returning inside the White House (see video below).

Speculation on McMaster’s fate has grown following the abrupt firing this week of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Trump and McMaster have divergent views on some policy matters, particularly regarding the Middle East, and McMaster reportedly bores Trump.

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