Trump Asked John Kelly to Stay Through 2020

Trump Asked John Kelly to Stay Through 2020

Kelly told senior aides this week he has agreed to stick around through 2020 at Trump's request, five White House officials said Tuesday.

The former Marine Corps general succeeded in imposing some changes, such as limiting who could meet with the president, but eventually saw his stature decline as Trump bucked his efforts to implement greater control.

Trump congratulated John Kelly in a tweet that includes a photo of the two men smiling wide.

For months, rumors swirled in Washington about Mr. Kelly falling out of favor with the president, suffering a deteriorating role in the White House and looking to the exit.

Kelly was brought on in July 2017 to impose order on a chaotic West Wing, replacing Reince Priebus.

Kelly, who just reached his first-year anniversary in the White House last Saturday, has had a rocky relationship with the president, his position rumored to be on the chopping block not too long ago. Kelly was accused of sitting on the explosive allegations and defending Porter even after graphic photographic evidence of the abuse surfaced.

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For months, Kelly had told those close to him that his goal was simply to make it to the year mark in his post, a milestone he passed over the weekend.

Trump has grown increasingly frustrated with news reports about staff turnover and discord, often dubbing it "fake news", though there has a historic level of turnover during his first two years in office.

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"Congratulations to General John Kelly".

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly was expectedto leave this summer. "Kelly is essentially calling Trump's bluff", says Sherman. Add Trump Administration as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Trump Administration news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

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