White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to resign

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to resign

John Kelly is expected to resign as White House chief of staff in the coming days, two sources familiar with the situation unfolding in the West Wing tell CNN.

Seventeen months in, Kelly and President Donald Trump have reached a stalemate in their relationship and it is no longer seen as tenable by either party.

He assumed his current position in July 2017 after being promoted from US Secretary of Homeland Security - a job he was appointed to after President Trump was inaugurated.

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News of Kelly's imminent departure was first reported by Axios. Potential replacements include Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, who is still seen as a leading contender. In recent months, the chief of staff's power has ebbed, with administration policies and decisions being guided more by the president's gut instincts than by Kelly's processes.

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After telling reporters on Friday he would nominate William Barr to be the next attorney general and Heather Nauert as the USA ambassador to the United Nations, the president hinted that another personnel move is coming. The lights were off in his West Wing office.

Trump often vacillated between criticizing and praising Kelly, sometimes within minutes of each other.

This is is far from the first time Kelly has been rumoured to be on the brink.

And Maggie Haberman, the paper's White House correspondent, tweeted: "Senior staff meeting canceled".

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