White House Chief of Staff John Kelly Tells Reporters to "Develop Some Better Sources"

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Kelly said that the media is one of Donald Trump's biggest frustrations.

White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly on Thursday made a rare appearance in the White House briefing room and, like his boss, launched into a criticism of media coverage of the administration.

"It is astounding to me how much is misreported," he told White House reporters. "I will give you the benefit of the doubt that you are operating off of contacts, leaks, whatever you call them. But I would just offer to you the advice ... maybe develop some better sources. Some person that works way down inside an office — or well, just develop some better sources."

When asked about President Donald Trump's frustrations, Kelly, speaking to a group of reporters, said, "One of his frustrations is you. All of you. Not all of you, but many of you."

Trump, in two tweets on Wednesday, questioned whether broadcast television licenses should be revoked due to what he perceives as biased content. 

The president also called out the press during an interview with Sean Hannity that was broadcast Wednesday night on Fox News. "Media is bad, they're really dishonest people," Trump said to an audience in Pennsylvania. "These are very, very dishonest people in many cases — in many cases — and not all."

Kelly began his briefing on Thursday by saying that he's not quitting and he's not being fired, partly joking but partly rebutting reports about his perilous position in the White House.