Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

White House chief of staff John Kelly expected to resign soon

White House chief of staff John Kelly expected to resign soon

John Kelly is expected to resign as US President Donald Trump's chief of staff in the coming days, CNN reported today, citing unnamed sources. 'I appreciate his service very much'.

Trump had discussed replacing Kelly on multiple occasions, including following the negative publicity surrounding Kelly's handling of domestic violence accusations against then-White House staff secretary Rob Porter. Weeks after taking over for Priebus, his predecessor who was unceremoniously fired over Twitter while he sat on a rainy tarmac, Kelly was faced with Trump's controversial response to the racially charged protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. But his iron first also alienated some longtime Trump allies, and he grew increasingly isolated, with an increasingly diminished role.

There have been mixed reports about Trump's working relationship with Kelly, though his departure has been anticipated. Kelly, who had hired Porter, initially defended him as "a man of true integrity and honor".

"Now is the best opportunity to be laser-focused on further building out the political infrastructure that will support victory for President Trump and the GOP in 2020", campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement.

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Still, both are said to be ready for Kelly to move on.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available. But Trump, according to several senior administration officials and people close to him, has so far been unable to bring himself to personally fire a retired four-star general. In recent months, the chief of staff's power has ebbed, with administration policies and decisions being guided more by the president's gut instincts than by Kelly's processes.

Reports of Kelly's impending departure have been circulating for months.

Both the attorney general and United Nations ambassador positions require Senate confirmation.

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