Trump confirms Chief of Staff John Kelly will leave the White House ‘by the end of the year’ and thanks ‘the great guy’ for his service, saying his replacement will be announced soon
- Trump said on Saturday that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly will depart
- Kelly was reportedly no longer speaking with Trump and his exit was rumored
- A replacement for Kelly will be announced in the next day or two, Trump said
President Donald Trump has said that his chief of staff, John Kelly, will be ‘leaving at the end of the year’.
Speaking to reporters on Saturday as he was leaving the White House to attend the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia, Trump said an announcement on Kelly’s replacement would come in the next few days.
‘He’s a great guy,’ Trump said of Kelly, who has been rumored to be exiting for months. ‘I appreciate his service very much.’
Speaking to reporters on Saturday as he was leaving the White House to attend the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia, Trump said that Kelly would be out by the end of the year
John Kelly (above) had been the subject of exit rumors for nearly a year, and had reportedly stopped speaking with Trump in recent days
It follows reports on Friday that Trump had stopped speaking to Kelly, the latest development in a relationship frayed over retired Marine general Kelly’s struggles to bring order to the West Wing.
Kelly’s future in the Trump administration had been uncertain for nearly a year, ever since a DailyMail.com report in February revealed domestic abuse allegations against former White House secretary Rob Porter, and raised questions about Kelly’s handling of the affair.
The West Wing shake-up comes as Trump is anticipating the challenge of governing after Democrats take control of the House in January, and as he gears up for his re-election campaign in 2020.
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