Kelly expected to leave White House this summer: WSJ

Source: The Hill | June 28, 2018 | Brett Samuels

White House chief of staff John Kelly is expected to leave his post sometime this summer, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. 

The paper reported that Kelly could leave his role as early as this week or after President Trump returns from a scheduled trip to Europe next month. 

Trump will travel to Brussels from July 11 to 12 for a NATO conference, followed by a trip on July 13 to the United Kingdom. He is scheduled to meet with Russian Vladimir Putin on July 16 in Finland.

Trump has also spoken in recent weeks with advisers about potential replacements, the Journal reported. Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney is considered a favorite for the role, as is Nick Ayers, who currently serves as chief of staff to Vice President Pence.

The Journal said the White House declined to comment. The White House also declined to comment to The Hill on the report.

Trump and Kelly have had a tense relationship since the former Homeland Security secretary joined the White House in July 2017.

Multiple reports in recent months have indicated that Kelly has limited influence over the president and that the two don’t get along


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