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Kelly expected to resign soon, no longer on speaking terms with Trump

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly at a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Republican Congressional leaders at the White House in Washington on Sept 5 2018 White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to resign - report
Kenny Thornton | 08 December, 2018, 21:42

Only a day before, Trump named his picks for attorney general and ambassador to the United Nations, and two senior aides shifted from the White House to Trump's campaign.

Known through the West Wing as "the chief" or "the general", the retired Marine Corps four-star general was tapped by Trump via tweet to try to normalize a White House riven by infighting and competing power bases. The move could be announced at a scheduled White House dinner tonight with Trump and senior White House staff.

Kelly replaced former chief of staff Reince Priebus on July 28, 2017, taking the role amid a period of dramatic changes in staffing at the White House.

The president told one of his associates on Thursday night: 'Stop calling John [Kelly] for anything.

He called Kelly "a great guy".

But reports that Kelly and Trump are no longer speaking are overblown, the people said. The relationship seems to have frayed beyond fix.

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He also showed improved command with a career-low walk rate of just 4.4 percent. "Nobody's going to remember who won that game". Eovaldi is part of a projected starting rotation that includes Chris Sale , David Price , Rick Porcello and Eduardo Rodriguez .

Kelly is the latest high-ranking White House official known to have given information for Mueller's probe.

Kelly has had a tougher relationship with Trump than his predecessor did and instituted more restrictions around who could reach the president.

Kelly's tenure working for Trump was pocked with controversies, and officials were often amazed at how he managed to survive. Ryder referred other questions to the White House.

But in the last months, Kelly has seen his status as chief of staff diminish. And he had early successes, including ending an open-door Oval Office policy that had been compared to New York's Grand Central Station and instituting a more rigorous policy process to try to prevent staffers from going directly to Trump.

This story will be updated.

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