Chief of Staff Kelly to step down by year-end: Trump
US President Donald Trump yesterday said his Chief of Staff John Kelly would be leaving White House by the end of this year, the latest in the series of reshuffle in Trump administration. A retired marine general, 68-year-old Kelly has been Trump's Chief of Staff since July 31, 2017. "John Kelly will be leaving. I don't know if I can say 'retiring'," said Trump.
In the first seven months of the Trump administration, Kelly was the secretary of Homeland Security. There were reports that the relationship between Trump and Kelly has deteriorated to such an extent that the two were no longer on speaking terms.
"He's a great guy. John Kelly will be leaving at the end of the year," Trump told reporters at the White House. Kelly, who was brought in by Trump after he fired Reince Priebus, has been instrumental in bringing in a sense of discipline inside the White House. No replacement of Kelly has been named yet. Trump said the announcement will be made soon.
"We'll be announcing who'll be taking John's place. I shall be announcing that over the next day or two. But, John will be leaving at year end. He has been with me almost two years now," Trump said. Earlier in the day, Trump nominated General Mark Milley as his next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation's top military adviser.
If confirmed by the Senate, Gen Milley would replace General Joe Dunford who is scheduled to retire next summer. Milley currently is Chief of Staff of the Army. Trump described Gen Milley as a "great gentleman and a great patriot".