Key Trump aide Kelly to leave job

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Chief of staff’s de­ci­sion comes amid an ex­pected West Wing reshuf­fling |

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

Trump, speak­ing with re­porters, said that he would an­nounce a re­place­ment for Kelly in the next day or two.

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

The lead­ing can­di­date to re­place 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 Trump has craved. Kelly, a ca­reer mil­i­tary of­fi­cer be­fore be­com­ing Trump’s first home­land se­cu­rity sec­re­tary, lacked such ex­pe­ri­ence.

Kelly’s com­ing de­par­ture leaves 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.

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