Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

John Kelly says he accepted Trump's request to stay on through 2020

John Kelly says he accepted Trump's request to stay on through 2020

Mr Kelly told staffers that he had agreed to stay on, five White House officials said Tuesday.

In addition, "a White House official cautioned that while the plan is for Mr. Kelly to remain in his post through 2020, unforeseen circumstances could cause the plan to change", the newspaper disclosed.

Trump was reportedly looking at replacements earlier this year and had zeroed in on Nick Ayers, Vice President Pence's chief of staff, and Mick Mulvaney, who now heads the Office of Management and Budget and is the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Almost a month after Porter's resignation, Kelly admitted that he mishandled his response to the allegations against Porter.

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Kelly came under fire earlier in the year for the White House's handling of security clearances after domestic violence allegations surfaced against former Staff Secretary Rob Porter.

John Roberts now serves as the chief White House correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC).

The move comes as Kelly marked one year at the White House - an anniversary that prompted inevitable speculation about whether he will stay or go.

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. Porter was sacked, and amid the fallout, other aides said Kelly lost some of his clout with the President.

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John Kelly got the official news of his promotion a year ago the same way a select few in the Trump administration have - by presidential tweet.

A retired Marine general, Kelly replaced Reince Priebus in the role.

"Look, at some point, things happen but I will tell you. we have a very good relationship".

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