President Trump asked John Kelly to remain chief of staff through 2020

President Trump asked John Kelly to remain chief of staff through 2020

Despite past clashes with President Donald Trump, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has agreed to stay on through the 2020 election, an administration official said Tuesday. In April, Kelly denied reports that he called Trump an "idiot" and mocked his lack of policy knowledge.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations.

President Trump has repeatedly offered public praise for Kelly and said he "could not be happier" with Kelly's performance in the job, even as there have been tensions between the two men from time to time during Kelly's tenure.

Kelly's fate has been a subject of months of speculation as to his standing in the West Wing diminished.

Trump is known as a mercurial boss whose feelings on key staffers can shift rapidly. Mr. Trump tweeted Monday.

Thomas Markle says Meghan and the royal family 'cut me off completely'
Yikes! What a royal diss - but she should probably spell Chrissy's name correctly if she expects her to ever see it. She became the woman that she is today thanks to everything I did for her.

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.

Kelly was initially touted for his military background and seen as a force of order and calm in a chaotic White House plagued by a high turnover rate. But it is unclear if his departure is imminent and whom Trump might pick to replace him.

"Congratulations to General John Kelly".

"He comes down for the day, and whatever he saw on 'Fox & Friends, ' he schedules meetings based on that", a former White House official told Politico.

News of Kelly's plans to stay was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

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