US President Donald Trump has announced that chief of staff John Kelly will leave his post at the end of the year.
It comes after numerous reports of tension between Trump and Kelly, marking an apparent backtrack from the president’s initial praise of the chief of staff, calling him a “star” who “respected everybody” when he was appointed.
“John Kelly will be leaving — I don’t know if I can say ‘retiring,’” Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House. “But he’s a great guy. John Kelly will be leaving at the end of the year.”
Trump said he will officially announce his pick for Kelly’s replacement in the next day or two.
Sources close to the White House have told The Wall Street Journal and other US media outlets that Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence’s top aide, will be Kelly’s likely replacement.
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