John Kelly interviewed by Mueller's team and expected to quit

Lester Mason
December 8, 2018

John Kelly is expected to resign as White House chief of staff in the coming days, two sources familiar with the situation unfolding in the West Wing tell CNN.

White House chief of staff John Kelly waits for President Donald Trump to give a press conference on September 26, 2018, in New York City. He is weighing that advice, sources said at that time, more seriously than before the midterms.

Mike Pence's chief of staff Nick Ayers has reportedly been angling for the job and is seen as the leading candidate. Ayers was important to Pence's arrival on the Trump ticket, worked at a high level on the transition and is considered deeply loyal to the Trump agenda.

Among White House officials, however, there is broad consensus that his days as chief of staff are numbered. Lights are off in Kelly's office this morning, per a senior admin official.

In an interview on Fox News in November, Trump wouldn't commit to keeping Kelly on, saying there were "certain things that I don't like that he does".


But in the last months, Kelly has seen his status as chief of staff diminish.

Trump often vacillated between criticizing and praising Kelly, sometimes within minutes of each other.

As Trump prepares for his 2020 re-election campaign, some advisers have counselled him to replace Kelly with a sharper operative who can steer the administration through the daily - and hourly - political fights sure to come.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert has been nominated as the next USA ambassador to the United Nations. Just 36, he is said to have the backing of the president's daughter, Ivanka Trump, and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

"She's very talented, very smart, very quick, and I think she's going to be respected by all", Trump said.

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