Trump marks Kelly's one-year mark as departure rumors swirl


A White House official told the paper that the retired four-star Marine general, who a year ago told reporters that "it is not the best job I ever had", agreed to Trump's request.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has agreed to stay in his post through the end of Donald Trump's term in 2020, two White House officials said, tamping down speculation that the president is planning another shake-up at the top of his team.

Kelly's tenure was marred by his handling of the domestic abuse allegations against staff secretary Rob Porter, who resigned in February.

Kelly has been an influential force in the White House.

Many of Trump's friends and advisers have concluded the president doesn't really want a chief of staff - and he has several confidants urging him to operate without one.

On Monday, Trump marked Kelly's anniversary by posting to Twitter a photo of the two men smiling in the Oval Office with the caption "Congratulations to General John Kelly".

Trump and Kelly have reportedly grown distant in recent months.

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John Kelly is a man worth, monetarily, an estimated $4 million based on financial disclosures.

President Donald Trump is celebrating his chief of staff's survival for a full year on the job. But in recent weeks Trump signaled a willingness to retain Kelly in the job, believing that he could simply overrule the chief of staff with little cost.

Chafing at Kelly's efforts to impose order, Trump has increasingly followed his own counsel and added more like-minded aides to his staff.

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

Kelly has often joked publicly about how working for Trump is the hardest job he's ever had, including those on the battlefield. "Kelly is essentially calling Trump's bluff", says Sherman.

The Wall Street Journal reported Kelly's agreement to stay earlier.