Chief of staff John Kelly to leave White House

Marsha Scott
December 9, 2018

"Special Report" anchor Bret Baier called in to "America's News HQ" Saturday to react to the news that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is leaving his post.

Kelly faced intense scrutiny in February and March over his response to the resignation of White House staff secretary Rob Porter, who faced allegations of domestic abuse from both his ex-wives. "But he's a great guy".

The announcement on Saturday comes a day after Mr Trump named his picks for attorney general and ambassador to the United Nations, and two senior aides shifted from the White House to Mr Trump's campaign.

Considering all of the wrath and acrimony that's supposedly been going on in Kelly's office as well as Trump's, it seems nearly charitable for the President to call Kelly "a great guy". Nick Ayers, the vice president's chief of staff, is expected to be his successor.

"I appreciate his service very much", Trump said. Bolton had criticized Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen during an Oval Office discussion about the border, and Kelly stormed out of the West Wing after their profanity-laced argument spilled over into the hallways.

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In total, 28 people have resigned or been fired from the White House during Mr Trump's administration. "That is what the president needs by his side over the next two years", Schwartz claimed it wouldn't make any difference. Kelly became an effective executor of Trump's most racist and despicable policies, namely the family separation policy at the border.

Trump, a freewheeling former businessman, brought Kelly in past year to restore order to his often chaotic White House, but clashed repeatedly with him in recent months. Ryder referred other questions to the White House. He replaced Reince Priebus, who had held the job for six months. "We will be announcing who will take John's place".

Kelly's tenure working for Trump was marked by controversies, and officials were often amazed at how he managed to survive. In October he was said to have got into a shouting match with national security adviser John Bolton over immigration.

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

Three months earlier, he told reporters on Capitol Hill that some undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children were "too lazy" to sign up for a program protecting them from deportation. He has many detractors within the White House, where some people consider him brash and presumptuous.

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