General John Kelly is stepping down from his critical White House chief of staff position at the end of the year. The Daily Caller reports:
White House chief of staff General John Kelly will leave his position at the end of the year, President Donald Trump told reporters before departing for the Army-Navy game Saturday.
“John Kelly will be leaving – I don’t know if I can say ‘retiring.’ But, he’s a great guy. John Kelly will be leaving at the end of the year. We’ll be announcing who will be taking John’s place… I’ll be announcing that over the next day or two. But, John will be leaving at the end of the year. He’s been with me almost two years now… John Kelly will be leaving toward the end of the year, at the end of the year,” Trump said, according to the White House press pool.
Trump spoke with Kelly Friday about the situation and the pair agreed to part ways, according to a source close to Kelly. The source continued that Kelly intended to make the announcement Monday, but that the president got ahead of him. The source characterized the departure as neither a firing nor a resignation.
Trump’s announcement marks the end of tremendous speculation in Washington about Kelly’s departure. Media reports abounded Friday that Kelly was expected to resign, though a knowledgeable source directly familiar with the matter told The Daily Caller the chief of staff had no intention of doing so. This intention may have changed after the Friday conversation.
Kelly’s service length, though standard for all administrations, will most likely be exploited by the Fake News Media as a “firing”.
Kelly is retiring like any sane person would do, if you are not allowed to do the job you were hired to do then it is best to vacate the job, Trump ands Kelly have been at odds since shortly after Kelly took the job, so now Trump is giving his blessing so as not to piss off any more of the military than he already has, I have never seen the Military, and I live around 5 military installations, have such a low opinion of any President, I thought it was bad with Carter but even he rates above Trump as far as the Military goes, at least in this area where I live with the major, Naval, Army, and Air Force bases here.
Bye. Thanks for your service and lengthy military career…