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

Blanche Robertson
December 8, 2018

President Trump's Chief of Staff, John Kelly, is ready to resign from the White House, CNN reported.

We've heard it before, but this time John Kelly's really leaving-at least according to unidentified White House sources.

New reports say White House Chief of Staff John Kelly could be the next member of the administration to leave. But the president says an announcement about a replacement will be coming in the next day or two.

Trump added: "But, John will be leaving at the end of the year". The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive matter.

Trump said the date of transition is "to be determined".

Mike Pence's chief of staff Nick Ayers has reportedly been angling for the job and is seen as the leading candidate.

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Kelly has seen his status as chief of staff diminished in recent months, with the President circumventing numerous policies and protocols the retired Marine Corps general put in place when he entered the West Wing previous year.

Reports of Kelly's impending departure have been circulating for months. Trump has chafed at Kelly's management style and resisted some of his moves to instill discipline in the West Wing and contain chaos.

Trump had nothing but praise for the two new Cabinet members who he announced Friday he would nominate.

Trump is further expected to announce Heather Nauert as the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Friday, replacing Nikki Haley. On Friday, he announced that he had picked William Barr for attorney general and Heather Nauert for United Nations ambassador. And his handling of domestic violence accusations against the former White House staff secretary also caused consternation, especially among lower-level White House staffers, who believed Kelly had lied to them about when he found out about the allegations. "Trump's chief of staff is Trump and always will be".

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