Trump celebrates Kelly's first full year as chief of staff

Trump celebrates Kelly's first full year as chief of staff

Trump celebrates Kelly's first full year as chief of staff

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly attends an Oval Office meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 30, 2018.

"I like John a lot", Mr. Trump told reporters, when asked how long Kelly would stay.

Trump has clashed with Kelly periodically since he appointed him to replace his first chief of staff, Reince Priebus.

The news came after Kelly marked his first anniversary as chief of staff amid a swirl of rumors about his potentially imminent departure.

Kelly sought to bring rigid order and discipline to the West Wing, but Trump chafed under his restrictions, and Kelly found it impossible to contain the chaos that often is created by this president.


President Trump has repeatedly offered public praise for Kelly and said he "could not be happier" with Kelly's performance in the job, even as there have been tensions between the two men from time to time during Kelly's tenure.

President Trump wants John Kelly to remain by his side. A Fox News interview in which Kelly suggested that Trump's thinking on his signature border wall was evolving was an early flash point, followed by the fallout from the Porter controversy. Speculation that Kelly would leave has swirled in recent months as he has shown his exasperation and frustration with the job, said one former White House official.

While serving as secretary of homeland security, Kelly got news of his promotion via tweet from Air Force One.

If Kelly stays on into 2019, he'll occupy the role during a re-election cycle, which is likely to downsize what already is a weakened role for him. The White House has struggle to recruit top talent across the administration to replace departing staffers.

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