Trump's chief of staff John Kelly to leave at end of year

Donald Trump's Chief of Staff John Kelly will quit his role within days after falling out with the president, it was claimed. "There is a staff holiday dinner tonight that aides still expect him to attend". The lights were off in his West Wing office. Ryder referred other questions to the White House.

Rumours of Kelly's departure had swirled for more than a year amid persistent reports of tensions between Trump and his chief of staff, HuffPost US reported. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive matter.

Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, Nick Ayers, has been considered a top contender to replace Kelly for more than six months.

Considering all of the wrath and acrimony that's supposedly been going on in Kelly's office as well as Trump's, it seems nearly charitable for the President to call Kelly "a great guy". Ayers, a sharp-elbowed and ambitious Georgia operative, fits the bill, advisers said. Rumors of Kelly's departure have been circulating since last month's midterm elections. Although it was not the plan to announce the move on the South Lawn, Kelly, knowing Trump, realized it could come at any moment, whether by tweet or abrupt announcement, the source said. Lights are off in Kelly's office this morning, per a senior admin official. The retired Marine Corps general has spent 16months in the position.

Kelly has been in the post since summer 2017, when he succeeded Reince Priebus, who had a tumultuous tenure. But Trump, who frets about the image of a White House in constant chaos, wants a full-time replacement and is eager for Ayers to stay for the duration. We'll be announcing who will be taking John's place ...

Nauert, 48, joined the State Department a year ago with no government experience after a career as an anchor and correspondent at Fox News. "I like him and I respect him".

The announcement comes just days after Trump announced new appointees for the position of attorney general and ambassador to the United Nations.

He said Dunford congratulated Milley on his nomination.

But those efforts also miffed the president and some of his most influential outside allies, who had grown accustomed to unimpeded access.

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