Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

In White House Shake-up, Kelly's Departure Now Seems Certain

In White House Shake-up, Kelly's Departure Now Seems Certain

President Donald Trump has told reporters that his chief of staff John Kelly will leave his job by the end of the year.

The Washington Post reported later Friday that individuals familiar with White House plans said Trump is expected to choose Gen. Mark Milley, the head of the Army, to become next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. But the president says an announcement about a replacement will be coming in the next day or two.

Like all of those interviewed, the person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive personnel matters.

"I can give you a little hint: It will have to do with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and succession", Trump said.

In a deep dive into the career of Nick Ayers, who now serves as a top aide to Vice President Mike Pence, Politico asked author Tony Schwartz what he thought about the 36-year-old Ayers who has the strong support of Pence, as well as Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.

Rumors of Kelly's departure have been circulating since last month's midterm elections.


Kelly, a retired Marine Corps four-star general, was tapped by Trump in August 2017 to try to normalize a White House that had been riven by infighting.

Trump had earlier pledged publicly that Kelly would remain through his first term in office, though many in the West Wing were skeptical.

A source explained that the men 'know that they are 17 months into what has been a very tumultuous relationship, ' adding: 'It is no longer seen as sustainable by either party'.

Trump and Kelly have privately argued at times and complained about each other to confidants, sometimes in colorful language.

Trouble surrounded Kelly before he began his stint as chief of staff. We'll be announcing who will be taking John's place ...

Both the attorney general and United Nations ambassador positions require Senate confirmation.

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