Trump aide John Kelly to leave White House job

Trump aide John Kelly to leave White House job

Trump aide John Kelly to leave White House job

US President Donald Trump has said his chief of staff John Kelly will leave his post at the end of the year.

CNN's Kaitlan Collins reported on Friday that Trump and Kelly had reached a "stalemate in their relationship", and had stopped speaking to one another. The former Commander of the United States Southern Command who entered the Trump administrations as the new president's first Secretary of Homeland Security has never fit in to White House culture, nor was he able to control it properly.

According to almost a dozen current and former administration officials and outside confidants, Trump has even begun telling people to contact the man long viewed as Kelly's likely successor. Nick Ayers, the vice president's chief of staff, is seen as a leading candidate. Trump began circumventing many of the policies and protocols he enacted, and he was on the verge of being fired or resigning numerous times. Kelly is Trump's second chief of staff.

Trump often vacillated between criticizing and praising Kelly, sometimes within minutes of each other. Just 36, he is said to have the backing of the president's daughter, Ivanka Trump, and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Trump, meanwwhile, announced Saturday that he's picked a battle-hardened commander who oversaw troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to be the nation's next top military adviser.

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

There were also difficulties over the way Mr Kelly handled domestic violence accusations against former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, as lower level staff members believed Mr Kelly had lied about what he knew and when. He insulted Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Florida, using inaccurate information, later declaring he would "never" apologize.

Kelly's status had become endangered in recent months as his relationship with the President deteriorated.

In an interview, Kelly said some young immigrants were "too lazy" to sign up for a program that would shield them from deportation. According to NBC News, Kelly denied requests to promote some of her aides, even as he promoted West Wing officials working for him.

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