White House Chief of Staff John Kelly was expectedto leave this summer. Trump was reportedly having discussions with staff on who could replace Kelly. That was in June, where the top contenders to replace him were Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney. The Trump White House immediately pushed back against these rumors, calling them “fake news.” And indeed that’s not happening. Mr. Kelly is remaining at his post through the 2020 election (via WSJ):
White House chief of staff John Kelly told staff on Monday that President Trump had asked him to remain in his post through the 2020 election, White House officials said, a request that comes as tensions between the two men have eased in recent months.
Mr. Kelly told staff he agreed to the president’s request, one of the officials said.
Mr. Kelly, who on Monday marked his one-year anniversary as chief of staff, had been widely expected to leave the White House some time this summer.
This is a developing story.