White House chief of staff John Kelly expected to step down soon

Lester Mason
December 8, 2018

President Donald Trump announced to reporters this afternoon that White House Chief ofStaff John Kelly is leaving the White House before the end of the year.

The mole added: 'Their relationship has deteriorated so much in the last couple weeks, where John Kelly's job security has essentially been seen as permanently in danger'.

CNN on Friday reported that Kelly was expected to announce his departure in the coming days.

Trump did not immediately name Kelly's replacement but said he planned to "in the next day or so".

The Wall Street Journal reported in late June that Trump had consulted his advisers on a replacement, sources familiar with the matter said.

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According to Axios, Kelly will be replaced by Nick Ayers, who now works as chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence.

Kelly, too, has made no secret of the trials of his job and has often joked about how working for Trump was harder than anything he'd done before, including on the battlefield.

According to Politico, Kelly once told at least one person that he doesn't care what Trump does that might lead to his impeachment, because then "at least this chapter of American history would come to a close".

But President Donald Trump is apparently treating the retired Marine general like he's already gone. Trump has chafed at Kelly's management style and resisted some of his moves to instill discipline in the West Wing and contain chaos. He has complained repeatedly that Kelly is not politically savvy. The announcement comes amid a wider shakeup of staff by President Trump. Bolton had criticized Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen during an Oval Office discussion about the border, and Kelly stormed out of the West Wing after their profanity-laced argument spilled over into the hallways.

Both the attorney general and United Nations ambassador positions require Senate confirmation. Weeks after taking over for Priebus, his predecessor who was unceremoniously fired over Twitter while he sat on a rainy tarmac, Kelly was faced with Trump's controversial response to the racially charged protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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