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by Daveda Gruber:

On Saturday President Trump said that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly will leave his position at the end of the year.

There have been rumors that Kelly would be leaving the Trump administration after his seventeen (17) month long term in was close to the end and his departure was imminent.

Trump spoke to reporters outside the White House. He called Kelly a “great guy” and said his replacement will be announced in the next few days.

Trump said, “John Kelly will be leaving at the end of the year, we will be announcing who will be taking John’s place, it might be on an interim basis, I’ll be announcing that over the next day or two. I appreciate his service very much.”

He added that he didn’t know whether Kelly would leave, but said, “I like John a lot. I like him and I respect him.”

Previously, Trump had said Kelly would stay until 2020.

This announcement comes in the middle of a larger group of staff being dismissed by President Trump.

This past Friday Trump had announced that he had picked William Barr for attorney general and Heather Nauert for U.N. ambassador.

Saturday morning Trump named Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley to succeed Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford.

Kelly, who is sixty-eight (68) had served as Department of Homeland Security secretary. It had been reported that he was to have been considering leaving his post.

He moved over to the White House in July 2017 to replace former Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus as chief of staff.

Kelly who is a retired four-star Marine Corps general, joked in public that working for Trump is the hardest job he’s ever had. He said that included being on the battlefield.

Kelly has brought order to a chaotic White House, which has seen a historically fast turnover in multiple high-profile jobs—like White House communications director, national security adviser, and more. Kelly’s role has lessened in recent months as the president has followed his own counsel.

Trump has added like-minded aides to his staff.

After the midterm elections in November, Trump said “let’s see what happens,” about Kelly’s future.

Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff is Nick Ayers. He could perhaps be considered as a possible replacement for Kelly.

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