White House chief of staff to stick around for now

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI  AFP

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI AFP

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.

"I like John a lot", Mr. Trump told reporters, when asked how long Kelly would stay.

Kelly hit the one-year mark as Trump's chief of staff Monday. Trump acts as though he doesn't really want a chief of staff, and Kelly "no longer works to keep his mercurial boss on task or on message". "Kelly is essentially calling Trump's bluff", says Sherman. His profile has dropped in recent months, amid reports that Trump had cooled on the retired four-star general who was credited with bringing order to the West Wing but who also was said to grate on the freewheeling president.

Trump congratulated John Kelly in a tweet that includes a photo of the two men smiling wide.

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Kelly's allies have said he took the job out of a sense of duty and he has not exactly hidden his simmering dissatisfaction. "Today we celebrate his first full year as @WhiteHouse Chief of Staff!"

"He comes down for the day, and whatever he saw on Fox & Friends, he schedules meetings based on that", one former White House official told Politico. 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.

A senior administration official confirmed Kelly's announcement, first reported by The Wall Street Journal. The White House has struggle to recruit top talent across the administration to replace departing staffers.

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