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OffbeatWhite House chief of staff John Kelly expected to resign soon

15:05  07 december  2018
15:05  07 december  2018 Source:   cnn.com

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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.

We' re in crazytown," Kelly is quoted as saying at a staff meeting in his office. "I don't even know why any of us are here. Makes sense to consider the VP's chief of staff as Kelly 's replacement so it's easier when Pence takes over for Trump. How am I supposed to get work done today?

White House chief of staff John Kelly expected to resign soon © Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images John Kelly, White House chief of staff, listens as U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks during a briefing with senior military leaders at the White House in 2017.

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. Though Trump asked Kelly over the summer to stay on as chief of staff for two more years, the two have stopped speaking in recent days.

Trump is actively discussing a replacement plan, though a person involved in the process said nothing is final right now and ultimately it is up to Trump. Potential replacements include Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, who is still seen as a leading contender.

News of Kelly's imminent departure was first reported by Axios.

Trump names budget director Mick Mulvaney as acting White House chief of staff.
The announcement came after nearly a week of jockeying in which several possible picks turned down the job.

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