White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to resign

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to resign

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to resign

Trump said similar things about ex Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, so the countdown is on for when he starts calling Kelly "dumb as a rock."

The retired four-star general and former Homeland Security director tried to bring order to the White House, but he and the president are said to have grown tired of one other in recent weeks.

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 took over a White House plagued by political intrigue and allegations of election collusion with Russian Federation.

U.S. media outlets have pegged Vice President Mike Pence's 36-year-old chief of staff Nick Ayers as a likely candidate to take Kelly's place.

Kelly had planned to announce his departure to senior staff members Monday, but Trump pre-empted him on the South Lawn on Saturday afternoon.

Multiple reports have suggested Kelly will depart in the coming days.

Though highly praised by Trump upon his appointment in July 2017 and seen as something as a check on Trump's unruly behavior, Kelly has seen his power fade among these ongoing clashes including several with Trump himself. A 36-year-old father of triplets, Ayers had long decided on leaving the administration and moving his family back to Georgia, a senior White House official told CBS News. Kelly first served as the secretary of Homeland Security before transitioning to the West Wing and succeeding Reince Priebus as White House chief of staff. Kelly has been in his current position for 17 months.

A spokeswoman for the first lady then told INSIDER that Kelly and Melania Trump had "a very positive relationship". Kelly called Porter "a man of true integrity and honor" and continued to defend him after Porter resigned.

In a Fox News interview last month, Trump railed against the rumours as "disgusting fake news" that reported the potential staff shakeup "like it's fiction", before saying he was considering up to five Cabinet changes. "Of that, maybe it's going to end up being two".

Kelly, a strong-willed former military commander, imposed a measure of discipline on Trump's free-wheeling, tumultuous presidency.

"We get along well", Trump said.

Most of Mueller's other interviewees were part of the Trump election campaign or presidential transition. We're in Crazytown. I don't even know why any of us are here.

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