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White House Chief of Staff John Kelly's departure could be imminent

John Kelly White House chief of staff stands by as President Donald Trump meets with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia in the Oval Office in March. Kelly is likely to leave his post in the next few days ending a tumultuous 16-month tenu White House Chief of Staff John Kelly's departure could be imminent
Melinda Barton | 08 December, 2018, 21:41

Speaking to reporters on Saturday as he was leaving the White House to attend the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia, Trump said an announcement on Kelly's replacement would come in the next few days.

Kelly, a decorated Marine Corps general, is widely regarded as one of the most well-respected and qualified members of the Trump administration.

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".

When Kelly first replaced Reince Priebus as chief of staff last summer, he ruled with an iron fist.

Ayers, who is a seasoned campaign veteran despite his relative youth - he's just 36 - has the backing of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, the president's daughter and son-in-law and senior advisers, for the new role, according to White House officials.

"Sure, Trump says he wants him gone, and Kelly swears and leaves and says he's not coming back". Kelly's highly criticized handling of the Porter controversy was an inflection point in his tenure, and some of his internal relationships became strained in the months that followed the former staff secretary's ouster.

Kelly and Trump have grown tired of each other.

But after the midterm elections in November, Trump said "let's see what happens", about Kelly's future at the White House, during an interview on "Fox News Sunday".

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