John F. Kelly, US President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, will leave the job by the end of the year, Trump said on Saturday.
Trump confirmed Kelly’s planned departure to reporters on the White House lawn before departing for the traditional Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia. A replacement for Kelly, a 68-year-old former Marine general who became Trump’s second chief of staff in July 2017, will be announced shortly, Trump added.
The departure casts light on Trump’s ever-dwindling team of senior advisors at a time when the White House will need to revise efforts to move its agenda through Congress, where Democrats will take control of the House of Representatives in January.
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