White House chief of staff John Kelly expected to resign within days: reports
White House chief of staff John Kelly is expected to resign soon, according to multiple reports.
Kelly, a retired general and the former secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, has been chief of staff since July 2017. He replaced Reince Priebus, who had held the job for six months.
In an interview on Fox News in November, Trump wouldn’t commit to keeping Kelly on, saying there were “certain things that I don’t like that he does.”
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“There are a couple of things where it’s just not his strength. It’s not his fault. It’s not his strength,” Trump said.
Trump had earlier pledged publicly that Kelly would remain through his first term in office, though many in the West Wing were skeptical.
For his part, Kelly has joked that he didn’t want to leave his position at Homeland Security, but that he “did something wrong and God punished me.”
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Kelly’s ousting would add to a lengthy list of staffers who have been fired or resigned from the White House during Trump’s tenure.
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