Kelly expected to resign soon, no longer on speaking terms with Trump

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly expected to step down soon, sources say

White House chief of staff John Kelly expected to step down soon

All this came the same day that Trump's re-election campaign announced that two veterans of the president's 2016 campaign, White House political director Bill Stepien and Justin Clark, the director of the office of public liaison, were leaving the administration to work on Trump's re-election campaign.

Rumors of Chief of Staff's impending departure and misery in the job have been swirling for months, but President Trump put an end to speculation over John Kelly's fate on Saturday.

Kelly's future in the Trump administration had been uncertain for almost a year, ever since a report in February revealed domestic abuse allegations against former White House secretary Rob Porter, and raised questions about Kelly's handling of the affair. In 2017, Politico report cited three US government officials who said Kelly's cellphone was compromised throughout the first half of that year, with the suspected breach potentially happening even before he began serving as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security in January.

"A chief of staff for Donald Trump is a factotum and will have virtually no influence", explained Schwartz who knows Trump intimately from his time spent with him on the book they co-authored.

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But news website The Daily Caller - which has close ties to the Trump administration - reported one White House source had dismissed claims of Kelly's departure as 'absolutely untrue'.

The story comes amid reports that Kelly is expected to resign soon.

Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general, has been the president's top aide since late July 2017. The White House struggled to stay on message as reporters pressed spokespeople to explain the inconsistencies. But his iron first also alienated some longtime Trump allies, and he grew increasingly isolated, with an increasingly diminished role. Potential replacements include Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, who is still seen as a leading contender.

"Sure, Trump says he wants him gone, and Kelly swears and leaves and says he's not coming back".

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