Kelly expected to resign soon, no longer on speaking terms with Trump

Kelly expected to resign soon, no longer on speaking terms with Trump

As speculation swirls around whom President Donald Trump will choose to replace outgoing White House Chief of Staff John Kelly - who is reportedly resigning within days - the co-author of Trump's "Art of the Deal" says it won't make any difference who is picked because Trump is uncontrollable.

Kelly's future in the Trump administration had been uncertain for almost a year, ever since a report in February revealed domestic abuse allegations against former White House secretary Rob Porter, and raised questions about Kelly's handling of the affair.

'He's a great guy, ' Trump said of Kelly, who has been rumored to be exiting for months.

The Wall Street Journal reported in late June that Trump had consulted his advisers on a replacement, sources familiar with the matter said.

Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, has emerged as the clear favorite to replace Kelly.

But in the last months, Kelly has seen his status as chief of staff diminish.

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According to Politico, Kelly once told at least one person that he doesn't care what Trump does that might lead to his impeachment, because then "at least this chapter of American history would come to a close".

The retired four-star Marine Corps general has joked publicly that working for Trump is the hardest job he's ever had, including those on the battlefield. Trump has chafed at Kelly's management style and resisted some of his moves to instill discipline in the West Wing and contain chaos.

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 had nothing but praise for the two new Cabinet members who he announced Friday he would nominate.

Trump and Kelly have privately argued at times and complained about each other to confidants, sometimes in colorful language. In 2017, Politico report cited three US government officials who said Kelly's cellphone was compromised throughout the first half of that year, with the suspected breach potentially happening even before he began serving as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security in January. Weeks after taking over for Priebus, his predecessor who was unceremoniously fired over Twitter while he sat on a rainy tarmac, Kelly was faced with Trump's controversial response to the racially charged protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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

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