White House chief of staff Kelly to resign in days, reports CNN

John F. Kelly White House Chief of Staff for President Donald Trump was present for he Medal of Honor ceremony for former Specialist Five James C. McCloughan U.S. Army in the East Room of the White House on Monday

It's time to update your White House Desertion bingo cards again: Trump's Chief of Staff John Kelly has announced he will be leaving the office at the end of the year.

Kelly is reportedly being honored at a special dinner this week meant to thank him and other departing staff - although CNN says that he and President Trump are no longer on speaking terms.

The report points to Pence's chief of staff Nick Ayers, as the most likely replacement for Kelly.

"It's a very exhausting job - although I love doing it, I must tell you - but it's exhausting for a lot of people", Trump said.

But in recent months, Kelly is reported to have clashed with First Lady Melania Trump, with tension between the pair reportedly angering the president.

"He's a great guy", Trump said of Kelly, who led the Department of Homeland Security before joining the White House.

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Trump is actively discussing a replacement plan, though a person involved in the process said nothing is final right now and ultimately it is up to Trump.

It is unclear who will replace Kelly, but a reported leading contender is Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff Nick Ayers.

Trump and Kelly have privately argued at times and complained about each other to confidants, sometimes in colorful language. CNN also reported that the president had asked Mr Kelly to consider committing to his second term.

Ayers is now poised to becomes Trump's third chief-of-staff in the 687 days since his inauguration, the quickest turnover to a third chief since the position was created in 1939 (evolving from the presidential secretary position).

Trump added: "But, John will be leaving at the end of the year".

Kelly's departure means Trump will have a new top adviser by his side as he confronts a more perilous political climate.

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Trump began circumventing numerous policies and protocols Kelly enacted.

Here are some senior figures who have been fired or quit the administration since Trump took office on January 20, 2017.

Lights are off in Kelly's office this morning, per a senior admin official.

David Shulkin - White House officials said on March 28 the Veteran Affairs secretary would resign. As Trump spoke to the media in a visit to Trump Tower in New York, Kelly sat by the side, grimacing. He said some of those eligible for protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals were 'lazy.' .

But perhaps most damaging was his handling of the situation involving former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, who was accused by two of his ex-wives of abuse.

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