John Kelly out as Trump's chief of staff


John Kelly will leave his role as Donald Trump's White House chief of staff "toward the end of the year", the president said on Saturday.

All this came the same day that Trump's re-election campaign announced that two veterans of the president's 2016 campaign, White House political director Bill Stepien and Justin Clark, the director of the office of public liaison, were leaving the administration to work on Trump's re-election campaign. 'I appreciate his service very much'. Former White House Counsel Don McGahn was likewise forced out of his job after it was reported that he had cooperated extensively in Mueller's probe. The White House struggled to stay on message as reporters pressed spokespeople to explain the inconsistencies.

Trump and Kelly's relationship has been strained for months - with Kelly on the verge of resignation and Trump almost firing him several times.

In a deep dive into the career of Nick Ayers, who now serves as a top aide to Vice President Mike Pence, Politico asked author Tony Schwartz what he thought about the 36-year-old Ayers who has the strong support of Pence, as well as Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.

It follows reports on Friday that Trump had stopped speaking to Kelly, the latest development in a relationship frayed over retired Marine general Kelly's struggles to bring order to the West Wing.

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Trump said the date of transition is "to be determined". Trump began circumventing many of the policies and protocols he enacted, and he was on the verge of being fired or resigning numerous times.

Rumors of Kelly's departure have been circulating since last month's midterm elections. We'll be announcing who will be taking John's place ... A flurry of media reports in April claimed that Kelly had grown increasingly frustrated with the president.

Still, both are said to be ready for Kelly to move on.

This story will be updated.