Oct 12, 2017

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen
1 big thing: Kelly at the podium

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly took over the press briefing today, addressing reports that he might not be in his job much longer with a wry smile:

  • "I'm not quitting today ... I don't think I'm being fired today," Kelly said, adding that this is "the hardest job I've ever had" but "I'm not so frustrated in this job that I'm thinking of leaving."
  • On his strategy for running the West Wing: "I just put some organization to it... with a smile on my face."
  • On Trump's frustrations: He's frustrated with Congress and "you," Kelly told reporters, saying when he reads news reports each morning, "It is astounding to me how much is misrepresented. I would offer some advice to you ... develop some better sources."
  • On Trump's Tweets: "I read in the paper that I've been a failure at... controlling his tweeting," he said. "I was not brought to this job to control anything except the flow of information to the president."

Go Deeper: Our full roundup.

2. What you missed
  1. Trump's Iran speech: He'll refuse to recertify the nuclear deal in a "harsh" address. Preview.
  2. Puerto Ricans seek help: Trump tweeted FEMA can't be "in P.R. forever." Updates.
  3. California fires: 29 killed with 22 fires blazing. Photos.
  4. The noise in Havana: Mysterious audio from the U.S. embassy attacks. Listen.
  5. Scout fight: The Girl Scouts are not happy about the Boy Scouts accepting female members. Response.

BONUS: Our exclusive interview this morning with Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg. Quotes and video.

3. 1 grim trend

More people are growing older without family members around them.

Mike Allen