Published: Sun, December 09, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump chief of staff John Kelly to leave White House job

Trump chief of staff John Kelly to leave White House job

President Trump made the announcement that Kelly will be gone by year's end on the White House's South Lawn on Saturday in a conversation with reporters.

Trump but did not give any names, but said Kelly won't return to his post in 2019, according to Bloomberg News. "And I appreciate his service very much".

Mueller's team asked Kelly - who the network earlier reported was no longer on speaking terms with Trump - about what he remembered about Trump's attempt to fire Mueller and whether the president had tried to obstruct justice.

He said that Kelly "controlled access" to Trump, which sometimes angered the president and led to reported "dust-ups" between the two in recent months.

The Wall Street Journal reported in late June that Trump had consulted his advisers on a replacement, sources familiar with the matter said.

In other controversial comments, Kelly said in February that some young illegal immigrants dubbed "Dreamers", brought to the United States as children, may not have signed up for a program to protect them from deportation because they are "too lazy to get off their asses". Bolton had criticized Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen during an Oval Office discussion about the border, and Kelly stormed out of the West Wing after their profanity-laced argument spilled over into the hallways.

Despite the reports that Kelly was aware of allegations against Porter, the staff secretary was up for a promotion in the days before his resignation, CNN reported.

"We'll be announcing who will be taking John's place - it might be on an interim basis. John Kelly will be leaving toward the end of the year, at the end of the year".

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Trump had nothing but praise for the two new Cabinet members who he announced Friday he would nominate.

But inside the White House, it was viewed largely as an attempt to clamp down on speculation about Kelly's fate during the midterm elections, rather than a true vote of confidence.

Yet Kelly, 68, has no experience in electoral politics.

The White House has seen a historically fast turnover rate in multiple high-profile jobs.

This is is far from the first time Kelly has been rumoured to be on the brink.

Lights are off in Kelly's office this morning, per a senior admin official. He said some of those eligible for protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals were 'lazy.' . Kelly's shifting accounts caused his credibility inside the West Wing to plummet, and it never truly recovered, according to officials.

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