President Trump announced on Saturday that White House chief of staff John Kelly will leave his job by the end of the year, the latest and highest-profile move in a shake-up of Trump’s team following Republican losses in November’s midterm elections.
Kelly was picked by Trump in July 2017 to bring order to his chaotic White House. But their relationship gradually deteriorated as the president bucked at the constraints the retired Marine Corps general tried to impose.
Trump told reporters at the White House on Saturday that he would select Kelly’s successor, possibly someone on an interim basis, within “a day or two.”
“John Kelly will be leaving, retiring. I don’t know if I can say ‘retiring,’ ” Trump said on the South Lawn before leaving for Philadelphia to attend the Army-Navy football game. “But he’s a great guy. John Kelly will be leaving at the end of the year.”
Trump added that he “appreciate[s] his service very much.” – READ MORE