White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to resign

Nellie Chapman
December 8, 2018

He is weighing that advice, sources said at that time, more seriously than before the midterms.

"Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence's top aide and a longtime Republican political operative, is the likely replacement for Mr. Kelly, these people say". 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.

He assumed his current position in July 2017 after being promoted from US Secretary of Homeland Security - a job he was appointed to after President Trump was inaugurated.

"Sure, Trump says he wants him gone, and Kelly swears and leaves and says he's not coming back". In recent months, the chief of staff's power has ebbed, with administration policies and decisions being guided more by the president's gut instincts than by Kelly's processes. Lights are off in Kelly's office this morning, per a senior admin official.

White House officials believed Kelly was close to resigning after he got into a heated shouting match with national security adviser John Bolton in October.

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

Task & Purpose contacted several officials at the Defense Department and military services, but none of them had been informed about Trump's pending announcement.

The report, based on three sources, said the questions narrowly focused on President Trump's possible obstruction issues that Mueller is said to be investigating.

Nauert, 48, joined the State Department past year with no government experience after a career as an anchor and correspondent at Fox News.

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