President Donald Trump offered an endorsement of sorts for White House chief of staff John Kelly this weekend as rumors grew that Kelly may not last in the administration.

“He’ll be here, in my opinion, for the entire remaining seven years,” Trump said.

Kelly has recently found himself caught in the middle of a deteriorating relationship between Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has, on occasion, expressed frustration with the president and shown a lack of interest in his own staff at the State Department.