Kelly and Trump argued that he would remain chief of staff until 2024, a CNN-informed source reports, but he only undertook to survive the rest of the presidential term.
Kelly has seen his status as Chief of Staff in recent months, with the President bypassing many of the policies and protocols that the retired Marine Corps general laid when he entered the West Wing last year. Although Trump has wavered between criticism and praise for Kelly in recent months, he highlighted his one-year term when he vowed to hire the new secretary for veteran affairs, Robert Wilkie, Monday at the new Oval Office.
"General Kelly – who, by the way, a year today, right? – became chief of staff," said Trump a room of spectators.
Kelly, standing in the back of the room, greeted Trump in return.
In the two weeks leading up to Trump's disruptive swing across Europe, senior consultants predicted that Kelly would have days or hours left. The same advisers now believe that the subsequent chaos of the journey could have helped Kelly stay a little longer.
In the weeks leading up to Kelly's announcement, Trump had not examined friends and advisers to see if Kelly should continue, but about her opinion of two possible Kelly successors.
Two candidates had emerged when the president probed his allies: the vice-president's chief, Nick Ayers, and Mick Mulvaney, the director of the management and budget office.
A Republican near The White House warned CNN last week that Trump would not replace Kelly immediately.
"The president is asking people about everyone, he's always doing that," the Republican said. "It has nothing to do with job vacancies … it's constantly checking people out." Www.mjfriendship.de/de/index.php?op…=view&id=1
This story has been updated with additional developments.