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  • John Kelly, Trump’s Chief of Staff, to Leave White House

    John F. Kelly, the retired Marine general tapped as chief of staff by President Trump last year to bring order to his chaotic White House, will leave the job by the end of the year, Mr. Trump said on Saturday, the latest departure from the president’s inner circle after a bruising midterm election for his party.

    Mr. Trump, speaking with reporters on the White House lawn before departing for the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia, said that he would announce a replacement for Mr. Kelly in the next day or two.

    “John Kelly will be leaving — I don’t know if I can say ‘retiring,’” Mr. Trump said. “But he’s a great guy. John Kelly will be leaving at the end of the year.”

    The leading candidate to replace Mr. Kelly is Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence’s 36-year-old chief of staff and a Republican political operative, who possesses the kind of savvy about campaigns that Mr. Trump has craved. Mr. Kelly, a career military officer before becoming Mr. Trump’s first homeland security secretary, lacked such experience. Mr. Kelly’s coming departure leaves Mr. Trump with an ever-shrinking team of close advisers as he begins to navigate the new power structure on Capitol Hill that will be ushered in next month when Democrats assume control of the House.

    Although the president had made a display of saying that Mr. Kelly, 68, would stay through the 2020 re-election effort, the chief of staff was blunt with several people in the White House that he planned to make it only through the midterms.

    Presidents typically make changes in staffing after midterm elections. During a wide-ranging news conference the day after the vote, the president deflected questions about the job security of Mr. Kelly and Jeff Sessions, the attorney general at the time. Mr. Sessions was forced out later in the day in a Twitter post.

    “People leave,” Mr. Trump said at the time, adding that he had not heard anything about Mr. Kelly leaving.

    “It’s a very exhausting job — although I love doing it, I must tell you — but it’s exhausting for a lot of people,” Mr. Trump said. “I’m surprised that a lot of people, they start off, they’re young people. They’re there for two years, and they’re old by the time they leave.”

    Mr. Kelly’s departure adds another prominent name to the list of core advisers who have left after trying to manage the president through his nearly two years in office, often finding themselves shunned and sidelined for their efforts.

    [You’re fired: A look at turnover in the Trump administration.]

    Mr. Kelly’s resignation had long been rumored, amid signs that he and Mr. Trump had grown irritated with each other. The president — as freewheeling as Mr. Kelly is methodical — privately fumed that he thought his chief was hiding things from him, and frequently upbraided him in the West Wing on matters large and small.

    The chief of staff, who often said privately that he did not believe that Mr. Trump appreciated or understood his own job, had taken to telling colleagues “I don’t need this” after such criticism from the president.

    Yet for months, the dysfunctional dynamic continued without a firing or a resignation.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/08/u...gtype=Homepage
    "I guess I just hate the fact there is public property at all." - Mr. Raceboy.

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    Nick Ayers, Aide to Pence, Declines Offer to Be Trump’s Chief of Staff

    As President Trump heads into the fight of his political life, the man he had hoped would help guide him through it has now turned him down, and he finds himself in the unaccustomed position of having no obvious second option.

    Nick Ayers, the main focus of President Trump’s search to replace John F. Kelly as chief of staff in recent weeks, said on Sunday that he was leaving the administration at the end of the year. Mr. Ayers, 36, the chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, is returning to Georgia with his wife and three young children, according to people familiar with his plans.

    The decision leaves Mr. Trump to contend with fresh uncertainty as he enters the 2020 campaign amid growing danger from the Russia investigation and from Democrats who have vowed tougher oversight, and could even pursue impeachment, after they take over the House next month.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/09/u...?module=inline
    "I guess I just hate the fact there is public property at all." - Mr. Raceboy.

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    • #3
      I once again note that all these White House staffers, cabinet members, and advisers come and go...

      ...and Ben Carson keeps trucking along.

      Pete (just has to laugh)

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      • #4
        Does the Chief of Staff position have a fixed salary? If it's negotiable, I'll offer my services. $20k a week, $4 million unconditional severance paid out monthly over 5 years, plus lifetime family medical equivalent to whatever congress gets, all via an escrow account.

        I figure I could sell my soul for that.
        "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." –Mark Twain

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        • #5
          Hulk Hogan for chief of staff.
          "I guess I just hate the fact there is public property at all." - Mr. Raceboy.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Jared View Post
            Does the Chief of Staff position have a fixed salary? If it's negotiable, I'll offer my services. $20k a week, $4 million unconditional severance paid out monthly over 5 years, plus lifetime family medical equivalent to whatever congress gets, all via an escrow account.

            I figure I could sell my soul for that.
            Don’t sell your soul! With that deal, tell the truth on day one, get “let go” and retire.

            Epic move!
            For every ailment under the sun - There is a remedy, or there is none;
            If there be one, try to find it; If there be none, never mind it. -- Mother Goose

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            • #7
              Exactly!
              "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." –Mark Twain

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