Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to resign

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to resign

Trump confirmed his choices of William Barr to lead the Justice Department and Heather Nauert for the United Nations post as he left the White House, speaking to reporters over the din of the whirring blades of Marine One.

Kelly was not at work Friday morning, though an ally said he was simply taking a day off and would be at the White House for a holiday staff dinner Friday night.

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. Kelly, who had hired Porter, initially defended him as "a man of true integrity and honor". But Trump, according to several senior administration officials and people close to him, has so far been unable to bring himself to personally fire a retired four-star general.

In a deep dive into the career of Nick Ayers, who now serves as a top aide to Vice President Mike Pence, Politico asked author Tony Schwartz what he thought about the 36-year-old Ayers who has the strong support of Pence, as well as Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.

John Kelly has been chief of staff since July 2017
Image John Kelly has been chief of staff since July 2017

Vanity Fair reported Kelly shouldered most of the blame for the Porter incident, and The New York Times reported Trump expressed his frustration with Kelly during a call with former chief of staff Reince Priebus. A flurry of media reports in April claimed that Kelly had grown increasingly frustrated with the president.

Rumors of Kelly's departure have been circulating since last month's midterm elections.

This story is breaking and being updated.

Kelly's tenure working for Trump was pocked with controversies, and officials were often amazed at how he managed to survive. Investigators reportedly wanted to know about reports that Trump had attempted to fire the special prosecutor.

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