John Kelly Accepts Donald Trump Offer to Stay Through 2020

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A White House official told the paper that the retired four-star Marine general, who previous year told reporters that "it is not the best job I ever had", agreed to Trump's request.

The commitment would provide stability for a White House staff that has seen high turnover, unless either Trump or Kelly changes his mind.

Trump had openly weighed replacing Kelly in recent months, consulting friends and advisers about Kelly's performance and soliciting feedback on potential successors - including Mick Mulvaney, a former congressman who heads the Office of Management and Budget and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and Nick Ayers, a Republican strategist who serves as chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence.

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The news that Kelly intends to stay on at the helm of the administration for the long haul comes just a day after Kelly passed the one year mark in the job as the president's second chief of staff. Porter was sacked, and amid the fallout, other aides said Kelly lost some of his clout with the president. Kelly is credited with bringing order to the West Wing but also grates on the freewheeling president.

Trump tweeted a photo of himself with Kelly on Monday to celebrate his deputy's first year. The Washington Post reports that both men were in the room and "listened quietly" when Kelly made his announcement.

Kelly stumbled when he issued a strong defense of former White House staff secretary Rob Porter after DailyMail.com reported that two ex-wives had accused him of abuse. "He's a wonderful man", Mr. Trump added at the time. But in recent weeks Trump signaled a willingness to retain Kelly in the job, believing that he could simply overrule the chief of staff with little cost. With Kelly as perhaps the president's closest advisor and enforcer, the administration has been able to achieve numerous coordinated policy priorities ranging from tax reform to foreign summits, from the complex trade concessions to managing various crises at and within our borders. At the president's request and Kelly's acceptance, Kelly would not be leaving this summer as some initially speculated. While he has not backed away from his assertion that the position is "the hardest job" he'll ever have, Kelly has signaled a willingness to forge ahead in the postition even with diminished clout. Trump's refusal to condemn the hate groups responsible for the violence "threw [Kelly] for a loop", according to The Daily Beast. The Associated Press reports that Kelly has told staffers he has agreed to stay on.

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