Trump's Chief of Staff John Kelly is leaving the White House

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There were also difficulties over the way Mr Kelly handled domestic violence accusations against former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, as lower level staff members believed Mr Kelly had lied about what he knew and when.

Yesterday afternoon it was announced that the White House chief of staff, John Kelly, will step down by the end of the year. Trump had previously said Kelly would stay until 2020. But this past summer, Kelly sought to quiet speculation that he was nearing the exit because of tensions with Trump by telling senior staff that he meant to remain as chief of staff through Trump's 2020 reelection campaign.

"Most of the dozens of other interviews have been with people who were associated with the Trump campaign, were part of the transition or served in the early part of the administration", the report said.

Sources close to the White House have told The Wall Street Journal and other United States media outlets that Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence's top aide, will be Kelly's likely replacement.

All this came the same day that Trump's re-election campaign announced that two veterans of the president's 2016 campaign, White House political director Bill Stepien and Justin Clark, the director of the office of public liaison, were leaving the administration to work on Trump's re-election campaign.

Perdue, now Trump's agriculture secretary and a key link to his rural supporters, introduced Ayers to his future wife, Jamie Floyd, a second cousin of Perdue.

The moves had always been planned, and will give Kelly's eventual successor room to build a new White House political team.

"He's been with me nearly two years now as you know between the two positions", he continued. All the things that Donald Trump supposedly doesn't like about Kelly's style are the things most presidents take for granted.

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Kelly's resignation had always been rumored amid signs that he and Trump had grown irritated with each other.

The latest impending White House high-profile departure is the top official who traditionally controls access to the Oval Office.

Kelly denied reportedly telling veteran Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward in September that the U.S. president is "an idiot".

Ayers has emerged as a favorite to replace Kelly and has had weeks of discussion with the president, according to a person familiar with the process.

Kelly had been credited with imposing order on a chaotic West Wing after his arrival in June 2017 from his post as homeland security secretary.

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Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general, joined the administration a little over a year and half ago.

Representatives for the White House did not be immediately respond to a request for comment on the report.

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