White House chief of staff Kelly to resign in days, reports CNN

Nellie Chapman
December 8, 2018

President Donald Trump has told reporters that his chief of staff John Kelly will leave his job by the end of the year. John Kelly will be leaving at the end of the year. But there is a holiday senior staff dinner scheduled for Friday night and people said they expected Kelly to be there.

Mr Kelly's replacement would be named "over the next day or two", Mr Trump added.

Like all of those interviewed, the person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive personnel matters. Potential replacements include Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, who is still seen as a leading contender.

Kelly, a decorated Marine Corps general, is widely regarded as one of the most well-respected and qualified members of the Trump administration. "Trump's chief of staff is Trump and always will be".

Rumors of Kelly's departure have been circulating since last month's midterm elections. And he had early successes, including ending an open-door Oval Office policy that had been compared to New York's Grand Central Station and instituting a more rigorous policy process to try to prevent staffers from going directly to Trump.

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Seventeen months in, Kelly and President Donald Trump have reached a stalemate in their relationship and it is no longer seen as tenable by either party.

Trump and Kelly have privately argued at times and complained about each other to confidants, sometimes in colorful language.

"He's been with me nearly two years now as you know between the two positions", he continued. On Friday, he announced that he had picked William Barr for attorney general and Heather Nauert for United Nations ambassador. He replaced Reince Priebus, who had held the job for six months.

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