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.
White House officials had Previously, Kelly would have been his chief of staff until 2020 at the request of Trump, but the clashes between the two men 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 leave – I do not know if I can say" retire. "But he's a great guy," Trump said on the South Lawn of the White House. "John Kelly will leave by the end of the year, at the end of the 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 responsibility from Trump's point of view as the president prepares for his re-election campaign for 2020 and prepares for an attack of political struggles over his program and to surveillance surveys with a democrat-led home.
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 decisions of the administration have been guided more by Trump's instinct than by Kelly's processes.
The two men are also divided on personnel decisions. For example, Trump and Kelly have clashed several times over the fate of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, a close ally of Kelly, who has angered the president for her poor results in controlling security. # 39; immigration. Kelly struggled against the potential overthrow of Nielsen by the administration, even as his own future in the west wing remained bleak.
Despite the private battles between Trump (72) and Kelly (68), the two men are different generations and Trump has long admired the military experience of the retired four-star Marine General.
The end of Kelly's term has been speculated for months, even with his commitment to stay during Trump's re-election campaign. But talks about his departure resumed again this week, as many media outlets announced that Kelly's departure from the White House was imminent.
The chief of staff was not at work Friday morning, although someone close to him said that Kelly was taking his day off. He actually attended a dinner later in the evening with Trump, the first lady Melania Trump and other senior officials of the White House.