Donald Trump Says John Kelly Will Leave Chief Of Staff
Donald Trump has announced that chief of staff John Kelly will leave his job at the end of the year following the challenge of governing with Democrats reclaiming control in the House.
An announcement about Kelly’s replacement is expected in to come soon, the president told reporters as he departed the White House for the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia. Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, is Trump’s main choice to replace Kelly.
“John Kelly will leaving – I don’t know if I can say retiring – but he’s a great guy,” Trump told reporters. “John Kelly will be leaving at the end of the year. We’ll 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, but John will be leaving at the end of the year. … I appreciate his service very much.”
According to NBC, Kelly’s departure has been expected as his tenure has been clouded by conflict since he took the position. Reports have described disagreements between Kelly, the president, and West Wing staff, including conflict with Melania Trump.