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White House chief of staff Kelly to resign in days

Chief of Staff John Kelly stepping off Air Force One as US President Donald Trump arrived to participate in a briefing on Hurricane Florence recovery efforts in Havelock North Carolina White House Chief of Staff John Kelly expected to step down soon, sources say
Steven Clarke | 08 December, 2018, 21:08

John Kelly will leave his role as Donald Trump's White House chief of staff "toward the end of the year", the president said on Saturday. It is true that there is little chemistry remaining between the two men, the people said - even though Trump only months ago asked Kelly to stay on through 2020, and the general agreed.

Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, has emerged as the clear favorite to replace Kelly.

Kelly has been on the verge of resigning or being fired before, only to bounce back every time. He has complained repeatedly that Kelly is not politically savvy.

Describing his relationship with President Trump as "tumultuous", CNN's Kaitlan Collins on-air reports Kelly is "expected to reign in the coming days". Numerous storms in which Kelly became embroiled were by his own making.

News of Kelly's imminent departure was first reported by Axios.

Charlottesville car-rammer James Alex Fields jnr found guilty
President Trump drew wide-scale criticism when in the aftermath of Charlottesville, he said that there was "blame on both sides". Prior to attending the rally in Charlottesville, a text message sent from Fields to his mother included a picture of Hitler.

Trouble surrounded Kelly before he began his stint as chief of staff. The following week, FBI Director Christopher Wray told the Senate intelligence committee that the FBI had given the White House a preliminary report on Porter almost a year ago.

Rumors of Kelly's departure have been circulating since last month's midterm elections.

He assumed his current position in July 2017 after being promoted from US Secretary of Homeland Security - a job he was appointed to after President Trump was inaugurated.

Kelly's tenure working for Trump was pocked with controversies, and officials were often amazed at how he managed to survive. He replaced Reince Priebus, who had held the job for six months.

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