John Kelly was interviewed by Robert Mueller's team

John Kelly was interviewed by Robert Mueller's team

John Kelly was interviewed by Robert Mueller's team

Seventeen months in, Kelly and President Donald Trump have reached a stalemate in their relationship and it is no longer seen as tenable by either party.

Kelly reportedly intervened to stop Trump firing Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen last month. Kelly did not make an announcement about his plans, and Trump, in his remarks at the gathering, was very gracious to him, the person said.

According to Axios, Kelly will be replaced by Nick Ayers, who now works as chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence.

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 past year.


Trump announced he was picking a new USA attorney genera l and a new ambassador to the United Nations, and at the same time two senior aides departed the White House to beef up his 2020 campaign. Trump began circumventing many of the policies and protocols he enacted, and he was on the verge of being fired or resigning numerous times.

President Donald Trump inched closer to his long-teased major White House shake-up Friday, gearing up for the twin challenges of battling for re-election and dealing with the Democrats' investigations once they take control of the House.

Some think Kelly's departure may come quickly, though it could also slip until after the holidays, these people said.

Kelly's tenure working for Trump was pocked with controversies, and officials were often amazed at how he managed to survive. He insulted Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Florida, using inaccurate information, later declaring he would "never" apologize. The lights were off in his West Wing office.

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