Published: Sat, December 08, 2018

White House chief of staff John Kelly expected to resign within days

White House chief of staff John Kelly expected to resign within days

White House chief of staff John Kelly will be leaving his position at the end of the year, President Donald Trump said on Saturday afternoon. But Trump aides warn that Ayers is more a Pence advocate, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has apparently criticized Ayers' foreign-policy skills.

Kelly did not make an announcement about his plans, and Trump, in his remarks at the gathering, was very gracious to him, the person said.

"I can give you a little hint: It will have to do with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and succession", Trump said. He replaced Reince Priebus, who had held the job for six months.

Ayers, who is a seasoned campaign veteran despite his relative youth - he's just 36 - has the backing of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, the president's daughter and son-in-law and senior advisers, for the new role, according to White House officials. His absence from his office this morning is a key indicator of this - and there is a sense among White House officials that at tonight's scheduled dinner with Trump and senior White House staff Kelly will be thanked for service and the transition to Ayers. But Ayers has also faced some resistance.


The president, at the time, said that he didn't know whether Kelly would leave, but said "I like John a lot". But each time the two have decided to make amends, even as Kelly's influence has waned. "Trump's chief of staff is Trump and always will be".

Some reports said that the retired Marine Corps general's relationship with Mr Trump had deteriorated.

This story is breaking and being updated.

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