President Trump confirmed Saturday that White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly will be leaving by the end of the year, ending the hectic mandate of the retired general's general. the Navy, main assistant of the president.
Trump had previously stated that Kelly would be his chief of staff until 2020, but their clashes were an open secret. Nick Ayers, currently serving as Vice President Pence's chief of staff, is expected to be Kelly's replacement.
While he was leaving for Philadelphia on Saturday, Trump announced to the press that he would announce the new chief of staff in "the next day or two days" and said that Kelly was with him. for almost two years. Kelly has been Chief of Staff at the White House since July 2017, although prior to that, he was Trump's Secretary of Homeland Security, confirmed on the day of his inauguration.
"John Kelly will be leaving – I do not know if I can say" retire, "said Trump on the South Lawn of the White House." But it's a great guy. "John Kelly will leave at the end of the weekend. year. "
Trump has already begun talks with Ayers to assume the role of chief of staff, according to his advisers. In private, Trump often commented on Kelly's lack of political skills – a potential handicap from Trump's point of view as the president prepares for his re-election campaign in 2020.
Trump also criticized Kelly's management style and resisted some of his attempts to instill discipline in the West Wing and contain chaos. In recent months, the power of the chief of staff has diminished and the policies and decisions of the administration have been guided more by the president's instinct than by Kelly's processes.