Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump chief of staff says he will stay at Trump's request

Trump chief of staff says he will stay at Trump's request

White House chief of staff John Kelly is expected to stay on through 2020, a senior administration official confirms to CBS News.

The move comes as Kelly marked one year at the White House - an anniversary that prompted inevitable speculation about whether he will stay or go. Now, the newfound job security is another sign tensions have eased.

If Kelly were to fulfill his commitment, he would extend his tenure as Trump's second chief of staff in a position that frequently churns through seasoned pols in a year or two.

Kelly has been rumored to be on his way out of the West Wing for months.

Trump had consulted with advisers about whom he should pick as Kelly's successor - and considered Nick Ayers, chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, and Mick Mulvaney, who heads the Office of Management and Budget. Porter was sacked, and amid the fallout, other aides said Kelly lost some of his clout with the president.

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A retired Marine general, Kelly replaced Reince Priebus in the role. It's a one-man show and no one is getting in the way of Trump's delusion that he's nailing it on a daily basis.

He no longer attempts to keep the president on message or on task, according to one recent assessment, and a Republican told Politico Kelly is 'chief of staff in name only'.

Kelly is telling staffers that he had agreed to stay on.

Kelly has improved Trump's White House, his allies say, but his influence is limited by some pretty fundamental differences in temperament and habit - Trump constantly watches Fox News and tweets while Kelly "rarely watches television and doesn't follow Twitter", Politico says. "If it's Iran, it's 'Get John Bolton down here!'" Or if he spoke to Fox's Sean Hannity the night before, the official said, "he's got lots of flexibility to do whatever he wants to do".

"He always knows where I stand and he and I both know this story is total BS".

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