Trump turns to Kelly and says, "She's very impressive tonight, Kelly." Rather pointedly, Kelly says, "She is always impressive in the Boardroom, Mr. Trump." Knowing a potentially deflating comment when she hears one, Jen jumps in to say, "I am also impressive in my real life." Trump goes back to Kelly, creating a lot of tension by telling him, "Bad things are happening." Kelly brings up his best argument, which is that at least he does work on every task, whether he's the PM or not. Unable to let anyone else talk for thirty seconds, Jen leaps in, all, "As did I." Which she didn't. Kelly says that he "absolutely respect[s] Jen," and he "think[s] she's very powerful in the Boardroom," and for some reason, this drives Trump back to his weird fetish for getting people to say they hate each other. "Do you hate her?" he asks. "Do you hate her? You hate her, and you respect her." "I don't hate Jen," Kelly asks, giving the only appropriate answer to a truly stupid question. Jen starts to talk, and Trump holds up a hand and says, "It's time." Jen completely ignores him and starts talking again, so he holds up the hand again and says, "It's time." Ignoring him again, Jen says, "Can I make one more point?" He ignores her as the audience applauds. You can see that she puts her hand up again, ignoring Trump's third shot at getting her to shut up.
Trump says it's a very tough call. Jen has great credentials, she beat up on the debate champion...all very impressive. He says that her teammates "did not really like [her]," however. And he adds that she lost a lot. He turns back to Kelly and says that he has a much better win-loss record than Jen, certainly, but Trump isn't sure about his leadership, really, in spite of West Point. He's "just not so sure" that Kelly's going to be a great leader. And if you listen to what Trump does, I don't think he really strings Jen along as much as some people thought, because he says a series of bad things about Kelly, and then he says, "Jennifer, nevertheless...I have to say...you're fired. Kelly, you're hired." The "nevertheless" was pretty much a dead giveaway. You wouldn't say a bad thing about someone and then say you were "nevertheless" firing him.