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John Kelly staying on through 2020 as chief of staff

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White House chief of staff John Kelly with President Donald Trump
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House chief of staff John Kelly with President Donald
Trump

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  • White House chief of staff John Kelly told staffers on
    Monday that President Donald Trump asked him to stay in his
    powerful West Wing position through 2020.
  • Kelly told staffers that he agreed to the president’s
    ask, despite reportedly telling colleagues in recent months
    that he did not intend to stay in his role past his one-year
    mark. 
  • Trump has reportedly considered replacing Kelly, with
    whom he’s clashed over management style. 

White House chief of staff John Kelly told staffers on Monday
that President Donald Trump asked him to stay in his powerful
West Wing position through 2020, despite widespread expectation
that Kelly would leave the White House soon after his one-year
mark in the job on Monday. 

Kelly told staffers that he agreed to the president’s ask,
despite reportedly telling colleagues in recent months that he
did not intend to stay in his role past his one-year mark. 

The news — first reported by the The
Wall Street Journal
on Tuesday — comes after a few months of
improved relations between Kelly and Trump, who has by most
accounts resisted the more disciplined approach his top aide
intended to impose in the West Wing.

Trump tweeted a photo of himself with Kelly on Monday to
celebrate his deputy’s first year. 

Trump has
reportedly considered
replacing Kelly with Nick
Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence’s longtime aide and
chief of staff, and Mick Mulvaney, the Office of Management
and Budget chief who also serves as acting director of the
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general who served
as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security during the
first months of 2017, took over from former White House chief of
staff Reince Priebus last July. 

Trump was
reportedly privately furious
 for Kelly’s handling of the
scandal surrounding former White House staff secretary Rob
Porter, who
resigned from his post
after his two former wives
publicly accused him of domestic abuse
. Kelly was accused of
sitting on the explosive allegations and defending Porter even
after graphic photographic evidence of the abuse
surfaced. 

Nearly a month after Porter’s resignation, Kelly admitted that he
mishandled his response to the allegations against Porter. 

“We didn’t cover ourselves in glory,” Kelly
told a gathering of reporters last March
.

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