John Kelly resigns as White House chief of staff – Donald Trump’s America
John Kelly had been the White House chief of staff since July 2017. (Reuters: Kevin Lamarque)
US President Donald Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly will leave his job by year’s end amid an expected West Wing reshuffling reflecting a focus on the 2020 re-election campaign and the challenge of governing with Democrats reclaiming control of the House.
Nick Ayers, Vice-President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, is Mr Trump’s top choice to replace Mr Kelly, and the two have held discussions for months about the job, a White House official said.
An announcement was expected in the coming days, the President told reporters as he left the White House for the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia.
Mr Kelly had been credited with imposing order on a chaotic West Wing after his arrival in June 2017 from his post as homeland security secretary.
But his iron first also alienated some longtime allies of the US President, and he grew increasingly isolated, with an increasingly diminished role.
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