Kelly expected to resign soon, no longer on speaking terms with Trump

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 8, 2018

President Donald Trump announced to reporters this afternoon that White House Chief ofStaff John Kelly is leaving the White House before the end of the year.

New reports say White House Chief of Staff John Kelly could be the next member of the administration to leave.

'He's a great guy, ' Trump said of Kelly, who has been rumored to be exiting for months.

One senior administration official said Friday that it's clear Kelly will be leaving, though it's not certain that the departure was imminent as CNN reported. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive matter.

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

Some reports said that the retired Marine Corps general's relationship with Mr Trump had deteriorated.

Kelly, too, has made no secret of the trials of his job and has often joked about how working for Trump was harder than anything he'd done before, including on the battlefield. He has complained repeatedly that Kelly is not politically savvy.

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.

Trump, meanwwhile, announced Saturday that he's picked a battle-hardened commander who oversaw troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to be the nation's next top military adviser. The announcement comes amid a wider shakeup of staff by President Trump.

News of the latest staffing changes come as the president named William Barr as his new Attorney General.

He assumed his current position in July 2017 after being promoted from US Secretary of Homeland Security - a job he was appointed to after President Trump was inaugurated.

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