Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to resign

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to resign

"I appreciate his service very much".

"John Kelly will be leaving at the end of the year, we will be announcing who will be taking John's place, it might be on an interim basis, I'll be announcing that over the next day or two", he said. The move could be announced at a scheduled White House dinner tonight with Trump and senior White House staff. Trump had previously said Kelly would stay until 2020.

Noting that Republicans are hoping that Ayers can bring some discipline to a chaotic White House, with one aide stating, "The problem with Kelly is you just can't have the least political person in Washington holding the most political job in Washington".

The story comes amid reports that Kelly is expected to resign soon.

After photos were made public of one of Porter's ex-wives with a black eye, Kelly claimed he was "shocked" by the reports but that he would "stand by" his earlier praise.

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Kelly is reportedly being honored at a special dinner this week meant to thank him and other departing staff - although CNN says that he and President Trump are no longer on speaking terms.

Despite the reports that Kelly was aware of allegations against Porter, the staff secretary was up for a promotion in the days before his resignation, CNN reported.

All of the people asked not to be identified discussing a sensitive internal White House matter. The president often remarks on Kelly's lack of political skills and has told advisers in recent days that he needs a more political chief of staff for his reelection. Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, Nick Ayers, is a possible contender, the source said. He quickly took on a broader range of responsibility than Priebus had, requiring all White House staffers to answer to him.

Trump and Kelly's relationship has been strained for months - with Kelly on the verge of resignation and Trump almost firing him several times. Kelly started holding increasingly fewer senior staff meetings - once daily occurrences were whittled down to weekly gatherings - and began to exert less control over who talks to the President. They said Kelly could be out before the holidays. But President Donald Trump is apparently treating the retired Marine general like he's already gone.

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