White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to resign

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to resign

President Donald Trump revealed Saturday that White House chief of staff John Kelly is vacating that position, and the White House, at year's end.

"Most of the dozens of other interviews have been with people who were associated with the Trump campaign, were part of the transition or served in the early part of the administration", the report said.

Before his resignation, Kelly had reportedly raised the ire of First Lady Melania Trump and her staff over a range of issues, from travel arrangements to promotions.

The announcement puts to end months of speculation about Trump and Kelly's relationship amid a planned shakeup in the Cabinet.

CNN reported on Friday that Trump had been discussing a replacement plan.

The president added, "I appreciate his service very much".

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Mr Kelly took over a White House plagued by political intrigue and shrouded in allegations of election collusion with Russian Federation.

Kelly also admitted alerting lawmakers and staffers with hard-right views on immigration before one meeting between Trump and more moderate lawmakers. But Trump has pushed for a commitment that would run through the remaining two years of his term.

Trump, a freewheeling former businessman, brought Kelly in a year ago to restore order to his often chaotic White House, but clashed repeatedly with him in recent months. It was widely believed that Kelly would provide a stabilizing force in the ever-tumultuous White House. "He is departing what is often a thankless job, but John Kelly has my eternal gratitude".

Kelly, 68 moved over to the White House in July 2017 to replace former Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus as chief of staff.

In any administration, the role of White House chief of staff is split between the responsibilities of supervising the White House and managing the man sitting in the Oval Office.

Kelly's tenure working for Trump was pocked with controversies, and officials were often amazed at how he managed to survive. He said some of those eligible for protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals were 'lazy.' . Along the way, he has drawn a number of detractors who have found him focused more on promoting himself than on tackling the job at hand.

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