It was expected that after the midterms, some pretty significant shake-ups would be announced as Trump planned to fire several people within his administration. The ink on the midterm ballots were barely even dry before Trump announced the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Though President Trump asked John Kelly over the summer to stay on as chief of staff for two more years, the two have stopped speaking in recent days, sources say https://t.co/3pdBb48wq5
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) December 7, 2018
On Friday, CNN reported that two White House staff members have confirmed that the next top official expected to be on the way out is Chief of Staff John Kelly.
According to CNN:
‘Seventeen months in, Kelly and President Donald Trump have reached a stalemate in their relationship and it is no longer seen as tenable by either party. Though Trump asked Kelly over the summer to stay on as chief of staff for two more years, the two have stopped speaking in recent days.’
Chief of Staff John Kelly is said to be on his way out of the Trump White House. In related news, Tywin Lannister has just withdrawn his support for the Mad King Aerys, and Jaime Lannister was last seen heading to the throne room.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) December 7, 2018
What began by Trump after firing his original chief of staff, former RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, as an attempt to stem some of the chaos and bring order to the White House has resulted in even more in-fighting and resistance to Kelly’s tight rein.
‘The expected departure would end a tumultuous tenure for Kelly, who was brought on to bring order to the White House but whose time as chief of staff has often been marked by the same infighting and controversy that has largely defined Trump’s presidency from its beginning. Many of the storms in which Kelly became embroiled were by his own making.’
— ABC News (@ABC) December 7, 2018
This is not the first report that Kelly wants out and that Trump wants him gone. Although both have said that Kelly has no plans to leave, at this point, it seems inevitable that he will.
‘White House officials believed Kelly was close to resigning after he got into a heated shouting match with national security adviser John Bolton in October. 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.’
⚡️ One sign of a new sense of urgency: West Wing officials widely believe that chief of staff John Kelly’s departure is imminent and that Nick Ayers, chief of staff to Vice President Pence, will replace him https://t.co/ld2KR1uJYu
— Mike Allen (@mikeallen) December 7, 2018
The top contender to replace Kelly is reportedly Mike Pence’s current chief of staff, Nick Ayers. It’s difficult to imagine as Trump’s presidency sinks that anyone would be willing to take on the job.