Trump Told Associate to Stop Calling John Kelly

Trump Told Associate to Stop Calling John Kelly

Trump Told Associate to Stop Calling John Kelly

Multiple reports have suggested Kelly will depart in the coming days. Trump is currently seeking a replacement for the top position, with Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff Nick Ayers being the main contender right now.

The special counsel's team questioned Kelly specifically on an episode involving Trump after the New York Times reported that previous year Trump sought to fire Mueller - a report that allegedly drew Trump's ire at then-White House counsel Don McGahn, who didn't publicly deny it.

Speaking to reporters earlier Friday, Trump hinted an announcement related to the Joint Chiefs of Staff was forthcoming as he unveiled other picks. Trump has chafed at Kelly's management style and resisted some of his moves to instill discipline in the West Wing and contain chaos.

Washington has been abuzz with rumors about Kelly's job status at various moments during his 16-month tenure.

Trump has been advised to bring on a chief of staff better suited to and familiar with the rough and tumble of a re-election campaign. But he has a number of detractors who have been trying to convince the president he'd be a disaster.

Barr, who also worked as AG for former President George HW Bush, replaces Jeff Sessions. Add Trump Administration as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Trump Administration news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Nauert, 48, joined the State Department past year with no government experience after a career as an anchor and correspondent at Fox News.

The report, based on three sources, said the questions narrowly focused on President Trump's possible obstruction issues that Mueller is said to be investigating. He said he would nominate William Barr for attorney general and Heather Nauert for United Nations ambassador. Investigators reportedly wanted to know about reports that Trump had attempted to fire the special prosecutor.

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