White House chief of staff Kelly to resign in days, reports CNN

Clay Curtis
December 8, 2018

He called Kelly "a great guy".

"I appreciate his service very much", he added.

Multiple reports have suggested Kelly will depart in the coming days.

Nick Ayers, the 36-year-old chief of staff to the vice-president, Mike Pence, has been named by a number of reports as a likely successor. Kelly took part in at least four Oval Office meetings with Trump on Thursday.

Kelly is the latest high-ranking White House official known to have given information for Mueller's probe.

Reports of his pending resignation have been circling nearly since he got the job.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly expected to step down soon, sources say

It also found that White House lawyers objected to the interview of Kelly at first, arguing that executive branch officials should be free from such obligations unless necessary. 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 replaced former chief of staff Reince Priebus on July 28, 2017, taking the role amid a period of dramatic changes in staffing at the White House. He has many detractors within the White House, where some people consider him brash and presumptuous.

Trump also announced that State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert is his pick to replace Nikki Haley as the next US ambassador to the United Nations, and he said he'd have another announcement Saturday about the military's top brass.

Trump has long admired Kelly for his military valor, but his lack of political experience and interest in campaign strategy has made him an imperfect fit leading the staff of a president who lives and breathes politics.

Trump said the date of transition is "to be determined".

Trouble surrounded Kelly before he began his stint as chief of staff.

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