John Kelly Accepts Donald Trump Offer to Stay Through 2020

For months, rumors swirled in Washington about Mr. Kelly falling out of favor with the president, suffering a deteriorating role in the White House and looking to the exit. The Associated Press reports that Kelly has told staffers he has agreed to stay on. That's according to three White House officials Tuesday, who were not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations.

The shortlist also includes Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Nick Ayers, chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence. The Washington Post reports that both men were in the room and "listened quietly" when Kelly made his announcement.

Kelly has called the chief of staff position the hardest job he's ever had and bemoaned to White House aids how he had planned to be retired at this stage in his life, said the former White House official. "I like John a lot", Mr. Trump told reporters, when asked how long Kelly would stay.

It was July 28th of previous year when Trump announced Kelly would replace Reince Priebus.

He writes: "Congratulations to General John Kelly".


Kelly has told allies that he feels it his duty to serve even if he and the president differ on style and messaging.

Perhaps Kelly should have had a clue his new job would bite when he found out he was getting it via a surprise Trump tweet.

"He comes down for the day, and whatever he saw on 'Fox & Friends, ' he schedules meetings based on that", a former White House official told Politico. 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. It's a one-man show and no one is getting in the way of Trump's delusion that he's nailing it on a daily basis.

News of Kelly's plans to stay was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

  • Tracy Klein