Speaking to reporters at the South Lawn President Trump confirmed that his Chief of Staff, John Kelly will be leaving his post at the end of the year.
President Trump told reporters as he awaited departure for the Army-Navy game that he would announce Kelly’s replacement in the “next day or two,” but added Kelly’s replacement might just be on an interim basis.
CNN on Friday was the first to report that Kelly was expected to announce his departure from the White House “in the coming days.” According to the sources that spoke with CNN, President Trump and Kelly have reached a “stalemate in their relationship and it is no longer seen as tenable by either party.”
Kelly was President Trump’s second Chief of Staff, replacing in summer of 2017, Reince Priebus.
Kelly’s continued role inside the Trump Administration has been the subject of speculation for weeks with Kelly’s likely replacement being Vice President Pence’s current Chief of Staff Nick Ayers.
The New York Times on Saturday reported that along with Ayers being a front-runner to replace Kelly, other floated names include, “Treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin; his budget director, Mick Mulvaney; and the United States trade representative, Robert Lighthizer.”
Trump in part to reporters: John Kelly will be leaving — I don’t know if I can say retiring, but he’s a great guy. John Kelly will be leaving at the end of the year.
In January of 2012 then businessman Donald Trump blasted President Obama for having 3 Chief of Staffs in less than 3 years…
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