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Chief of staff John Kelly to leave White House

Chief of staff John Kelly to leave White House

"But, he's a great guy".

"I appreciate his service very much", he added.

Among the other changes, two veterans of Trump's 2016 campaign, White House political director Bill Stepien and Justin Clark, the director of the office of public liaison, are leaving the administration to work on Trump's re-election effort.

File picture shows White House Chief of Staff John Kelly stepping off Air Force One as US President Donald Trump arrived to participate in a briefing on Hurricane Florence recovery efforts in Havelock, North Carolina, September 19, 2018. He is also expected to host a dinner with senior White House staff, including Kelly, when he returns from Missouri on Friday night.

After photos were made public of one of Porter's ex-wives with a black eye, Kelly claimed he was "shocked" by the reports but that he would "stand by" his earlier praise.

Mr Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general, was long rumoured to be on the way out, amid reports that his relationship with Mr Trump had deteriorated to such an extent they were no longer on speaking terms. The following week, FBI Director Christopher Wray told the Senate intelligence committee that the FBI had given the White House a preliminary report on Porter almost a year ago.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly expected to step down soon, sources say
Donald Trump's Chief of Staff John Kelly 'to quit after falling out with him'

Reports of his pending resignation have been circling nearly since he got the job. An unfettered Trump installed him in place of the ousted Jeff Sessions less than 24 hours after the polls closed on November 6 in the first move of an expected overhaul of Cabinet secretaries and senior White House aides. Trump began circumventing many of the policies and protocols he enacted, and he was on the verge of being fired or resigning numerous times.

Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, Nick Ayers, has reportedly been considered as a possible replacement for Kelly. He quickly took on a broader range of responsibility than Priebus had, requiring all White House staffers to answer to him. The announcement comes amid a wider shakeup of staff by President Trump.

Kelly has had a tougher relationship with Trump than his predecessor did and instituted more restrictions around who could reach the president.

"Sure, Trump says he wants him gone, and Kelly swears and leaves and says he's not coming back". Kelly started holding increasingly fewer senior staff meetings - once daily occurrences were whittled down to weekly gatherings - and began to exert less control over who talks to the President.

Trump had often tossed around potential replacements, but sensitive to charges that his administration has been marked by record turnover, he said in July that he would keep Kelly in the job through 2020.

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