White House chief of staff Kelly to resign in days

08 December, 2018, 08:27 | Author: Wade Massey
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File picture shows White House Chief of Staff John Kelly stepping off Air Force One as US President Donald Trump arrived to participate in a briefing on Hurricane Florence recovery efforts in Havelock, North Carolina, September 19, 2018. Numerous storms in which Kelly became embroiled were by his own making.

The rocky relationship between Trump and Kelly, 68, a retired Marine Corps general, has been widely reported.

Among White House officials, however, there is broad consensus that his days as chief of staff are numbered. 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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Washington has been abuzz with rumours about Kelly's job status at various moments during his 16-month tenure. He insulted Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Florida, using inaccurate information, later declaring he would "never" apologize. Kelly's shifting accounts caused his credibility inside the West Wing to plummet, and it never truly recovered, according to officials.

Kelly was reportedly questioned about the obstruction of justice arm of the special counsel's investigation, which CNN reported Thursday was first launched by former Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe shortly after his boss, James Comey, was fired.

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