John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, is likely to leave his post in the next few days, ending a tumultuous 16-month tenure still among the longest for a senior aide to President Donald Trump, two people with direct knowledge of the developments said Friday.
One source explained that Kelly, who is the biggest White House player to meet with the special counsel, had "ground rules" established by White House Counsel Emmet Flood for the interview. The two have reportedly stopped speaking in recent days. 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. Trump re-nominated him in 2017 for a second term.
Seventeen months in, Kelly and President Donald Trump have reached a stalemate in their relationship and it is no longer seen as tenable by either party.
Compounding the rumors were reports surrounding Kelly taking the day off on Friday, as the president traveled to Missouri. "Call Nick. He's my guy, ' a person familiar with the conversation said". The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive matter. And his handling of domestic violence accusations against the former White House staff secretary also caused consternation, especially among lower-level White House staffers, who believed Kelly had lied to them about when he found out about the allegations. As Trump prepares for his 2020 reelection campaign, some advisers have counseled him to replace Kelly with a sharper operative who can steer the administration through the daily - and hourly - political fights sure to come.
"I'm going to be announcing at the Army-Navy game", Trump said.
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She oversaw public diplomacy in Washington and all of the roughly 275 overseas US embassies, consulates and other posts . The contrast between Haley and Nauert's respective credentials and diplomatic experience couldn't be more stark.