(WASHINGTON) – President Donald Trump's embattled chief of staff, John Kelly, is back in the limelight this week as Trump prepares to overtake his communications team amidst a series of staff departures.
In a salon game by Trump Washington, rumors were buzzing about Kelly's fate on Thursday when the president sparked ally's possible replacement for the retired four-star general. Kelly is credited with bringing order to the West Wing, but also to the free-running president.
Two possible substitutes: Trump's Budget Director, Mick Mulvaney, and Vice President Mike Pence's Chief of Staff, Nick Ayers, after two people with knowledge of Trump's thinking. The sources spoke anonymity because they were not allowed to discuss personnel matters.
Trump often talks openly about replacing his followers with no follow-up image, and speculation about Kelly and other aides in the past is bubbling up without action. 1
Trump "said it was absolutely not true and it was fake news, I also talked to General Kelly, who said it was news for him," Walters said.
But the White House has previously rejected the talk of impending personnel revisions that would come later. The long list of White House staff who have recently left or will leave in the next few weeks includes Legislative Director Marc Short.
Kelly has told his confidants that he has no plan to leave at the moment and has not made any formal arrangements. for a person with knowledge of his thinking. But he also told people close to him that he would be happy to make it to the one-year mark, which means he stays until the end of July.
The latest speculations about Kelly come like him His role in the White House has diminished in recent months.
Trump and Kelly disintegrated as the president became angry at the retired general's attempts to bring order. The President has increasingly followed his own advice and extended his staff to like-minded advisors, many of whom have direct access to the Oval Office without going through Kelly.
This list will soon include former Fox News boss Bill Shine (19659002) Kelly has often raved publicly that working for Trump is the hardest work he has ever had, including those on the battlefield.
Trump has discussed replacing Kelly and any changes in staff should be considered provisional until he executes them. Rarely does the president directly fire someone who often holds inappropriate advisors for months in suspense.
Ayers did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Mulvaney is focusing on his current work, said an administrative official who had no authority to talk about personnel matters.