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Kelly Leaving WH at End of the Year    12/09 11:21

   President Donald Trump said Saturday that chief of staff John Kelly will 
leave his job by year's end amid an expected West Wing reshuffling reflecting a 
focus on the 2020 re-election campaign and the challenge of governing with 
Democrats reclaiming control of the House.

   WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump said Saturday that chief of staff 
John Kelly will leave his job by year's end amid an expected West Wing 
reshuffling reflecting a focus on the 2020 re-election campaign and the 
challenge of governing with Democrats reclaiming control of the House.

   Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, is Trump's top 
choice to replace Kelly, and the two have held discussions for months about the 
job, a White House official said. An announcement was expected in the coming 
days, the president told reporters as he left the White House for the Army-Navy 
football game in Philadelphia.

   Kelly had been credited with imposing order on a chaotic West Wing after his 
arrival in June 2017 from his post as homeland security secretary. But his iron 
fist also alienated some longtime Trump allies, and he grew increasingly 
isolated, with an increasingly diminished role.

   Known through the West Wing as "the chief" or "the general," the retired 
Marine Corps four-star general was tapped by Trump via tweet in July 2017 from 
his perch atop the Homeland Security Department to try to normalize a White 
House riven by infighting and competing power bases.

   "John Kelly will leaving --- I don't know if I can say retiring --- but he's 
a great guy," Trump said. "John Kelly will be leaving at the end of the year. 
We'll be announcing who will be taking John's place --- it might be on an 
interim basis. I'll be announcing that over the next day or two, but John will 
be leaving at the end of the year. ... I appreciate his service very much."

   Kelly had early successes, including ending an open-door Oval Office policy 
that that had been compared to New York's Grand Central Station and instituting 
a more rigorous policy process to try to prevent staffers from going directly 
to Trump.

   But those efforts also miffed the president and some of his most influential 
outside allies, who had grown accustomed to unimpeded access. Kelly's handling 
of domestic violence accusations against the former White House staff secretary 
also caused consternation, especially among lower-level White House staffers, 
who believed Kelly had lied to them about when he found out about the 
allegations.

   Lauding Kelly, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the country was "better 
for his duty at the White House." He called Kelly "a force for order, clarity 
and good sense."

   Trump and Ayers were working out terms under which Ayers would fill the role 
and the time commitment he would make, the White House official said. Trump 
wants his next chief of staff to agree to hold the job through the 2020 
election. Ayers, who has young triplets, had long planned to leave the 
administration at the end of the year, but he has agreed to serve in an interim 
basis through the spring of 2019.

   The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive 
personnel matters.

   Word of Kelly's impending departure comes a day after Trump named his picks 
for attorney general and ambassador to the United Nations, and two senior aides 
shifted from the White House to Trump's campaign.

   In any administration, the role of White House chief of staff is split 
between the responsibilities of supervising the White House and managing the 
man sitting in the Oval Office. Striking that balance in the turbulent times of 
Trump has bedeviled both Kelly and his predecessor, Reince Priebus.

   White House aides say Trump has developed confidence in Ayers, in part by 
watching the effectiveness of Pence's largely independent political operation. 
Ayers also earned the backing of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, the 
president's daughter and son-in-law and senior advisers, for taking on the new 
role, White House officials said.

   The Georgia native's meteoric rise in GOP politics included a successful 
stint at the Republican Governors Association, time as campaign manager for 
former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's failed White House bid and consultant work 
for dozens of high-profile Republicans, including Pence.

   Ayers, 36, would be the youngest chief of staff since 34-year-old Hamilton 
Jordan served under Jimmy Carter. Kelly is 68.

   Trump had discussed replacing Kelly on multiple occasions, including 
following the negative publicity surrounding Kelly's handling of domestic 
violence accusations against then-White House staff secretary Rob Porter. Some 
lower-level White House staffers believed Kelly had lied to them about when he 
knew of the allegations and when he made clear to Porter that he'd have to 
leave.

   Trump had often tossed around potential replacements, but sensitive to 
charges that his administration has been marked by record turnover, he said in 
July that he would keep Kelly in the job through 2020.

   But inside the White House, it was viewed largely as an attempt to clamp 
down on speculation about Kelly's fate during the midterm elections, rather 
than a true vote of confidence.

   Kelly, too, made no secret of the trials of his job, and often joked about 
how working for Trump was harder than anything he'd done before, including on 
the battlefield. In private, Kelly, whom friends said took the job out of a 
sense of duty to his country, cast himself as safeguarding the public from an 
impulsive and mercurial president. Reports of those conversations infuriated 
the president, who is especially sensitive of attacks on his competence and 
perceptions he is being managed.

   At an event celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Department of Homeland 
Security, Kelly joked that he missed everyone in the department "every day," 
offering a deadpan eye roll and smile that drew laughs and applause.

   "At six months, the last thing I wanted to do was walk away from one of the 
great honors of my life, being the secretary of Homeland Security, but I did 
something wrong and God punished me, I guess," he joked.

   Kelly, who had threatened to quit on several occasions, told friends he 
would be happy if he lasted until his one-year anniversary: July 28.


(KA)

 
 
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