WASHINGTON – John F. Kelly, the retired naval general who was knelt last year by President Trump as chief of staff to bring order to his chaotic White House, will leave the post by the end of the year, the final exit from the presidency inner circle after a bloody midterm election for his party.
Mr. Trump, who made the announcement to reporters on the White House lawn before leaving for the Army Navy football game in Philadelphia on Saturday, said he would name a replacement for Mr. Kelly, perhaps the next day or temporarily two.
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The lead candidate for Mr. Kelly is Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff and a Republican political representative with campaigns Mr. Trump has been longing for. Mr. Kelly, a career military officer before becoming Trump's first homeland security minister, had no such experience.
36-year-old Ayers told Mr. Trump that he will temporarily serve during spring when his family returns to Georgia, according to the people who are familiar with the discussions. But Mr. Trump, angry with the image of a White House in perpetual chaos, wants a full-time successor and wants Mr. Ayers to last.
When the President finally turns to another candidate who is potentially fit for election Among the choices are Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin; his budget director Mick Mulvaney; and the United States Representative, Robert Lighthizer.
Mr. Kelly's imminent departure leaves Mr. Trump an increasingly close team of close advisers, as he is increasingly affected by federal investigations into his conduct in the 2016 elections. On Friday, prosecutors in New York said that Mr. Trump had ordered illegal payments during this campaign, and prosecutors for the Special Prosecutor said his campaign was in contact with Russians back in November 2015.
Mr. Trump must also begin navigating a new power structure on Capitol Hill, which will be launched next month as the Democrats take control of the house. In the midterm elections, where Democrats received 40 seats in parliament, the challenges that Trump faced in his re-election campaign in 2020 were revealed.
The Chief of Staff's resignation adds another name to the list of core consultants who have done so. After trying to lead the president through his almost two-year tenure, he often went back and was frequently for his efforts shunned and put aside.
Mr. Kelly did not come to work on Friday. But Mr. Trump and Mr. Kelly met at the White House residence on Friday night, examining the details of what had probably been a month-long departure, as the people familiar with the meeting had expected. Mr. Pence and Mr. Ayers also attended the meeting.
Mr. Kelly had planned to announce his departure on Monday to executives, but Mr. Trump had rejected him on Saturday afternoon on South Lawn.
Mr. Ayers has experienced a rapid rise in the Republican Party since leaving Kennesaw State University to direct Sonny Perdue's successful bid for the Governor of Georgia in 2002 for $ 54.8 million, partly through a complicated network political and consulting companies in which he is involved. Along the way, he has written a number of critics who have focused more on promoting himself than on tackling the upcoming job.
Although the President had previously stated that 68-year-old Mr. Kelly would stay In the wake of the re-elections in 2020, the chief of staff had been dull with several people in the White House, which he only intended in the interim.
Mr. Kelly's resignation had long been rumored, given the signs that he and Mr. Trump were irritated with each other. The President – as outspoken as Mr. Kelly's methodical – was in a private mood, believing that his boss hid things from him, and frequently criticizing him in the West Wing for big and small things.
The Chief of Staff, who often said privately that he did not believe Mr. Trump appreciated or understood his own work, had, after such a criticism from the President, persuaded his colleague to say: "I do not need that"  Dismissal or resignation.
Normally, after the midterm elections, the presidents change their cast. During a broad-based press conference on the day after the vote, the President rejected the questions of job security faced by Mr Kelly and Jeff Sessions, the then Attorney General. Mr. Meetings were expelled later in the day in a Twitter posting .
"People are leaving," Mr. Trump said at the time. "It's a very exhausting job – although I really enjoy doing it, I have to tell you – but it's exhausting for a lot of people. I am surprised that many people start, they are young people. They have been there for two years and when they leave they are old. "
At the beginning of October, Nikki R. Haley, the United Nations United Nations Ambassador, declared she would resign. Mr. Trump appointed Heather Nauert, the State Department spokeswoman, as her successor on Friday. He also said he would appoint William Barr, an attorney general during the first Bush administration, for this post in his administration.