Trump Confirms Departure Of John Kelly From White House



Instead, he will begin overseeing a pro-Trump political action committee next year.

Ayers had always been discussed as the individual who would replace John Kelly, who will be leaving by the end of the year. One of the sources said Mr. Ayers would return to "America First Policies", a combative group that he helped found before joining Mr. Pence in the White House.

Ayers, 36, would have been the youngest chief of staff since 34-year-old Hamilton Jordan served under Jimmy Carter. Ayers backing out will slightly delay Mr. Trump's decision, which will now be announced by the end of the year instead of this week.

Ayers revealed the news in a tweet.

Trump has asked confidants what they think about the idea of installing Rep. Mark Meadows, the chairman of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus, as John Kelly's permanent replacement, according to these three sources.

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A photogenic Georgia native, Mr Ayers has spent his entire career in Republican politics.

The new report followed Ayers meeting with Trump and Vice President Mike Pence ahead of a dinner Friday with senior White House staff and their spouses in the White House State Dining Room.

"I think Donald Trump desperately needs in that job someone who can walk into the Oval Office, close the door, and tell him what he does not want to hear", Whipple said.

"I'm not sure he [Ayers] has the gravitas to do that". President Trump broke the news himself, telling reporters about Kelly's exit as he left for the Army-Navy game on Saturday. His departure means the search for outgoing chief of staff John Kelly's successor continues.

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