White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to resign

Howard TerryDec 08, 2018

As speculation swirls around whom President Donald Trump will choose to replace outgoing White House Chief of Staff John Kelly - who is reportedly resigning within days - the co-author of Trump's "Art of the Deal" says it won't make any difference who is picked because Trump is uncontrollable. 'I appreciate his service very much'. Nick Ayers, the vice president's chief of staff, is expected to be his successor.

Trump and Kelly have privately argued at times and complained about each other to confidants, sometimes in colorful language.

Trump is becoming increasingly concerned about Democrats taking over the House in January, and has privately said he needs someone else to help shape the last two years of his first term, which he predicts will be politically focused.

Kelly is reportedly being honored at a special dinner this week meant to thank him and other departing staff - although CNN says that he and President Trump are no longer on speaking terms.

He was serving as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security when he was brought in on July 31, 2017 to replace Reince Priebus as White House chief of staff.

Trump and Kelly's relationship has been strained for months - with Kelly on the verge of resignation and Trump almost firing him several times.

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

Washington has been abuzz with rumors about Kelly's job status at various moments during his 16-month tenure.

Trump said the date of transition is "to be determined". And he had early successes, including ending an open-door Oval Office policy that had been compared to New York's Grand Central Station and instituting a more rigorous policy process to try to prevent staffers from going directly to Trump. Kelly's role, though, has lessened in recent months as the president has instead followed his own counsel, and added like-minded aides to his staff.

This story will be updated.

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

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