"Contrary to what's been reported, H.R. and I are still here", he added, referencing reports that Trump was considering ousting both his chief of staff and national security adviser HR McMaster. Kelly has since said that Tillerson was on the toilet during the call.
The newspaper said Mr. Trump is discussing potential replacements for Mr. McMaster, but is willing to take his time because he wants to avoid humiliating him as well as to have a successor ready. "We should do exactly what we do every day, and that's come to work and do the very best job that we can, and that's exactly what we're doing".
"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.
The president and McMaster have disagreed on a number of issues - including the Iran deal and the USA approach to North Korea - and the national security adviser has also clashed with Kelly and Defense Secretary James Mattis, according to the officials.
The fact that the comments were made, even if off-the-record, to a room full of reporters and White House officials stunned The Beast's sources, especially given the fact that Kelly is regarded as "one of the more mature members of Trump's top brass".More news: President Trump's Military Parade Planned for Veteran's Day
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Drawing from three White House sources who knew about the meeting, The Daily Beast reported Kelly's recollection of the awkward conversation between himself and Tillerson where he told the secretary of state he was about to get fired by the president. And Trump's allies on Capitol Hill have not been notified of any major changes and have been told not to expect anything immediately. Trump, the officials said, wants a lively discussion - he often talks about enjoying conflict among his aides - but has grown irritated that some try to undermine his decisions. He's CNBC contributor Larry Kudlow, who opposes taxing foreign imports, yet still says he's "in accord" with Trump's agenda.