JOHN KELLY/REX TILLERSON/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Donald Trump and White House chief of staff John Kelly have settled on a truce, at least temporarily, as the latest round of staff tumult continues to ripple through the West Wing, according to people familiar with the discussions.
Jarred by the treatment of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, whom the president fired by tweet on Tuesday [3-13-18] morning, Mr. Kelly suggested to colleagues that he may be the next to be pushed out of the White House. Mr. Kelly’s cryptic comments left several White House staffers with the impression that Mr. Kelly would force the issue with the president, and that they should start looking for new jobs, too.
Asked about Mr. Kelly’s comments earlier in the week, and the meeting between the president and his staff chief on Thursday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a five-word statement: ‘Kelly is not going anywhere.'”
-Michael C. Bender, “Donald Trump and John Kelly Reach Truce,” The Wall Street Journal online, Mar. 16, 2018, 10:25am