Trump considering chief of staff replacement

Elias Hubbard
July 1, 2018

The two front-runners are Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, and Mick Mulvaney, the head of the Office of Management and Budget and the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

The paper said Kelly has told colleagues he doesn't intend to stay in the role beyond his one-year anniversary, which is July 31.

White House chief of staff John Kelly will reportedly step down from his post, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported on Thursday.

Trump called the report "fake news" and Kelly said that "this was news to him", she said.

John Kelly, White House chief of staff, listens as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a lunch meeting with Republican lawmakers in the Cabinet Room at the White House, on June 26.

It was believed Kelly's illustrious and disciplined military background could bring such order, but several reports over the a year ago have indicated a strained relationship between the president and his chief of staff.

Business Insider reached out to the White House for more information on Kelly's potential departure and prospective replacements, but did not receive an immediate response.

Figures compiled by Martha Joynt Kumar, a Towson University scholar who researches White House transitions and staffing, said Trump had the highest turnover of top-tier staff of any recent president at the 17-month mark. Roughly half of those who held top positions in the White House have left under varying circumstances. "I spoke to the president who refuted this article".

That list will soon include former Fox News executive Bill Shine, who is expected to join the administration as deputy chief of staff for communications.

Kelly has often joked publicly about how working for Trump is the hardest job he's ever had, including those on the battlefield.

Trump has discussed replacing Kelly before, and any personnel changes should be considered tentative until he carries them out. Rarely does the president directly fire anyone, frequently letting out-of-favor aides dangle in limbo for months.

Ayers did not immediate respond to a request for comment.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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