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Trump makes it official. John Kelly on the way out

09 December 2018

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly watches as President Donald Trump speaks during a signing ceremony for the "Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act", in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, in Washington.

He was not on speaking terms with Trump during his last days, two officials told CNN, and their relationship was no longer seen as tenable. CNN also reported that the president had asked Mr Kelly to consider committing to his second term.

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Brought on as one of the "adults in the room" of the chaotic Trump presidency, Kelly failed to rein in his boss, who is now attempting to ban transgender people from serving in the military, still detaining children at the southern US border, insisting on sending thousands of troops to "protect" that border, and tweeting conspiracy theories.

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.

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Rumours of Kelly's departure had swirled for more than a year amid persistent reports of tensions between Trump and his chief of staff, HuffPost US reported. But that largely depends on if Ayers actually wants to move up and if Pence is willing to let him go.

Trouble surrounded Kelly before he began his stint as chief of staff.

It isn't immediately clear if Kelly is resigning or being fired.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is soon to resign, according to numerous reports on Friday. The lights were off in his West Wing office.

Kelly, a decorated Marine Corps general, is widely regarded as one of the most well-respected and qualified members of the Trump administration.

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Ayers, 36, has told Trump he would serve on an interim basis through the spring, when his family will return to Georgia, according to people familiar with the discussions. At one point, Trump announced that Kelly would stay in his post through 2020, but that didn't end the speculation.

She says the two men no longer speak, and the situation "is no longer tenable".

Kelly has not yet released a statement regarding his departure from the White House.

He has expressed unhappiness with Homeland Security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, saying, "I would like her to be much tougher on the border (with Mexico)".

At times, Kelly was the source of his own downfall. Just weeks after Kelly arrived, Trump told reporters that both sides were responsible for the violence in Charlottesville, triggered by marches led by white supremacist groups.

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Trump makes it official. John Kelly on the way out