White House: 'No Immediate Personnel Changes at This Time'

White House: 'No Immediate Personnel Changes at This Time'

"The President's said that it was not accurate and he had no intention of changing, that they had a great working relationship and that he looked forward to continuing to work with him", Sanders said.

A reporter, in the wake of the president firing Rex Tillerson and continued rumors of pending shakeups, told Sanders, "we're hearing a lot from staff behind the scenes saying they're on edge, people are anxious, they don't know what's happening in terms of staffing exits, firings".

According to White House aides and outsiders familiar with the situation, White House chief-of-staff John Kelly, a former Marine general, is also in peril of being fired.

Citing five people with knowledge of the plans, the Post said Trump was considering several possible replacements, including former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton and Keith Kellogg, the chief of staff of the National Security Council.

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Kelly urged staffers that "we should do exactly that we do every day and that is come to work and do the very best job we can and that is exactly what we are focused on", Sanders said. Officials said personal tensions have led McMaster to be sidelined in some internal discussions, including a recent meeting on Venezuela sanctions, with Kelly taking on a more active role in foreign policy decisions.

Kelly has told confidants that he believes he can weather the current storm.

He also apparently denied that H.R. McMaster is on the way out--as did Huckabee Sanders during the briefing.

Within the last month, communication director Hope Hicks resigned, economic advisor Gary Cohn left and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was sacked. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was just unceremoniously ousted.

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The White House did not immediately respond to a request from Reuters for comment.

In private conversations in recent weeks with aides and friends, Trump has reflected on his desire to reshape the administration.

Richard Painter called former United Nations ambassador John Bolton's potential selection as security advisor role "an invitation to to war, perhaps nuclear war" and the former George W. Bush administration chief White House ethics lawyer said that his appointment "must be stopped at all costs". He has told confidants he wants to rid himself of staffers who hold him back. But there are few openings for combatant commanders.

The president also recently told an ally that he was still frustrated by an interview that Kelly gave to Fox News almost two months ago in which he suggested that Trump had "evolved" in his thinking about the need for a wall on the Mexican border.

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