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.
Rumors of Kelly's fate circulated in Thursday's Trump game in Trump Washington, when the president unleashed allies over potential successors to 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 authorized to discuss personnel matters.
Trump often talks openly about replacements for his assistants without sequelae, and speculation about Kelly and other aides in the past is bubbling up without action. 19659009] The White House on Thursday urged the idea that Kelly's days in the West Wing were numbered. White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said she spoke with Trump and Kelly and said they had both denied the reports.
Trump "said it was absolutely not true and it was fake news, and I also talked to General Kelly, who said it was new to him," Walters said.
But the White House has previously denied the talk of impending personnel revisions that later came. The White House staff's long list of recent arrivals or departures in the coming weeks includes Legislative Director Marc Short.
Kelly told his confidants that he has no exit plan at the moment and has not made any formal arrangements. for a person with knowledge of his thinking. But he has also told people close to him that he would be happy if he could make it to the one-year mark, which would mean he stays until the end of July.
The latest speculations about Kelly are coming like him His role in the White House has diminished in recent months.
Trump and Kelly disintegrated when the president became angry at the retired general's attempts to enforce order. The president is increasingly following his own advice and adding more like-minded people to his staff, many of whom have direct access to the Oval Office without going through Kelly.
This list will soon include former Fox News chief executive Bill Shine is expected to act as deputy chief of staff for communications in the administration.
Kelly has often raved publicly that Trump's work is the hardest job he has ever had, even on the battlefield.
Trump has discussed the replacement of Kelly before, and any changes in personnel should be considered provisional until he executes them. Rarely does the president fire someone directly and often leaves inappropriate helpers hanging for months in limbo.
Ayers did not respond immediately to a request for comment. Mulvaney focuses on his current work, said an administrative official who was not authorized to report on personnel issues.
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