John Kelly out as Trump's chief of staff

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President Trump on Saturday said that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly will leave his position at the end of the year - after swirling rumors that Kelly's 17 month-long tenure in the Trump administration was nearing its end.

White House chief of staff John Kelly waits for President Donald Trump to give a press conference on September 26, 2018, in New York City.

"John Kelly will be leaving at the end of the year", Trump said before heading to Philadelphia for the Army-Navy football game, adding that a replacement would be named "over the next day or two".

"John Kelly could resign in the coming days", she says, warning West Wing employees are bracing for "a pretty big staff shakeup" if and when he leaves.

The Wall Street Journal reported in late June that Trump had consulted his advisers on a replacement, sources familiar with the matter said. Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, Nick Ayers, is a possible contender, the source said.

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The retired four-star general and former Homeland Security director tried to bring order to the White House, but he and the president are said to have grown tired of one other in recent weeks. Trump has chafed at Kelly's management style and resisted some of his moves to instill discipline in the West Wing and contain chaos. It is true that there is little chemistry remaining between the two men, the people said - even though Trump only months ago asked Kelly to stay on through 2020, and the general agreed.

Trump and Kelly have privately argued at times and complained about each other to confidants, sometimes in colorful language.

Kelly, too, has made no secret of the trials of his job and has often joked about how working for Trump was harder than anything he'd done before, including on the battlefield.

Both the attorney general and United Nations ambassador positions require Senate confirmation.

This story will be updated.

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