John Kelly says Trump wants him to stay at White House

Posted August 03, 2018

Kelly was initially touted for his military background and seen as a force of order and calm in a chaotic White House plagued by a high turnover rate.

Almost a month after Porter's resignation, Kelly admitted that he mishandled his response to the allegations against Porter.

In the two weeks leading up to Trump's disruptive swing through Europe, senior aides predicted that Kelly had days or hours left.

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A White House official confirmed the report to Breitbart News.

He writes: "Congratulations to General John Kelly". Today we celebrate his first full year as @WhiteHouse Chief of Staff!

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.

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Trump has reportedly considered replacing Kelly, with whom he's clashed over management style.

Mr. Kelly, who on Monday marked his one-year anniversary as chief of staff, had been widely expected to leave the White House some time this summer.

Kelly is telling staffers that he had agreed to stay on. A Fox News interview in which Kelly suggested that Trump's thinking on his signature border wall was evolving was an early flash point, followed by the fallout from the Porter controversy.

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Kelly has often joked publicly about how working for Trump is the hardest job he's ever had, including those on the battlefield. As a chief with no background in politics, he'll likely be responsible for running White House operations while Trump focuses on his re-election campaign. He has said he spends as much as eight hours a day with Trump.