Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

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Di­min­ished Kelly? Pres­i­dent Trump this week de­nied re­ports that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is los­ing in­flu­ence within the ad­min­is­tra­tion. The Wash­ing­ton Post re­ported that Kelly’s sta­tus has eroded in re­cent weeks, with Trump by­pass­ing his top aide on re­cent per­son­nel and pol­icy de­ci­sions. Sources told the Post that Kelly threat­ened to re­sign af­ter a heated Oval Of­fice con­fronta­tion that oc­curred the same day Trump fired Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Sec­re­tary David Shulkin. Kelly’s stand­ing with some White House staffers has also been dam­aged by his re­sponse to the Rob Porter scan­dal, with some sug­gest­ing Kelly de­lib­er­ately mis­rep­re­sented what he knew about al­le­ga­tions of do­mes­tic abuse against Porter. First lady Me­la­nia Trump is also said to be an­gry with Kelly about the dis­missal of Johnny McEn­tee, Trump’s 27-year-old per­sonal as­sis­tant, for undis­closed se­cu­rity rea­sons. “Story on John Kelly isn’t true,” Trump tweeted. “Just an­other hit job!”

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