Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Trump chief of staff says he will stay at Trump's request

He’s Still Here John Kelly Remains After a Year in the White House			Pete Marovich  Bloomberg via Getty Images		29 Jul 2018 He’s Still Here John Kelly Remains After a Year in the White House Pete Marovich Bloomberg via Getty Images 29 Jul 2018
Andrew Cummings | 03 August, 2018, 05:20

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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpYemeni-American man kills himself after family blocked from entering United States by Trump admin Dershowitz on MSNBC panel: "Don't you dare accuse me" of defending Trump Bannon slams Kochs: "What they have to do is shut up and get with the program" MORE on Monday marked chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE's one-year mark at the White House, which comes amid speculation he could soon leave his post.

In April, Kelly shot down an NBC News report that cited White House officials saying he called Trump an "idiot" in front of aides and had portrayed himself as a "savior" who rescued the country from disaster.

Still, Trump is known as a mercurial boss, whose feelings on key staffers can shift rapidly.

John Kelly got the official news of his promotion a year ago the same way a select few in the Trump administration have - by presidential tweet.

Kelly was appointed last July to succeed Reince Priebus, Trump's first chief of staff, after serving for the first six months of the administration as secretary of homeland security.

But Trump has made a decision to stick with Kelly - for now, at least.

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Kelly's allies have said he took the job out of a sense of duty and he has not exactly hidden his simmering dissatisfaction. The Washington Post and CNN, also citing unnamed officials, confirmed the news.

If Kelly stays on into 2019, he'll occupy the role during a re-election cycle, which is likely to downsize what already is a weakened role for him.

Kelly has been an influential force in the White House.

Trump and Kelly have privately argued at times and complained about one another to confidants.

Asked in June about the speculation surrounding Kelly's future, Trump said the two were "getting along very well".

"Look, at some point, things happen but I will tell you. we have a very good relationship".

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