Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

How John Kelly became "chief in name only"

How John Kelly became

Kelly hit the one-year mark as Trump's chief of staff Monday. If Kelly does indeed stay through 2020, and Trump loses his reelection, you could nearly imagine the chief of staff alternatively laughing and crying at having ridden this wild tiger to the very end.

Trump was reportedly privately furious for Kelly's handling of the scandal surrounding former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, who resigned from his post after his two former wives publicly accused him of domestic abuse.

The shortlist also includes Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Nick Ayers, chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence.

Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general who served as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security during the first months of 2017, took over from former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus last July. Trump on Monday tweeted congratulations to Kelly on reaching the one-year milestone. In April, Kelly denied reports that he called Trump an "idiot" and mocked his lack of policy knowledge.

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The move comes as Kelly marked one year at the White House - an anniversary that prompted inevitable speculation about whether he will stay or go.

Another senior official told ABC News that the internal conversations about Kelly's future in the administration have been ongoing for several weeks and that the president and Kelly came to the agreement as previous tensions lessened. While he has not backed away from his assertion that the position is "the hardest job" he'll ever have, Kelly has signaled a willingness to forge ahead in the postition even with diminished clout. He has said he spends as much as eight hours a day with Trump.

News of Kelly's plans to stay was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

"Look, at some point, things happen but I will tell you. we have a very good relationship".

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