President Trump announced an extreme makeover to his White House leadership team over the weekend. Mainly, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly will be out by the end of the year, the president told reporters on Saturday. While the two have clashed—and Kelly has clashed with some of Trump’s influential family members—Trump called Kelly a “great guy” while announcing the end of Kelly’s 17 month tenure in the infamously difficult job.
REPLACEMENT?—The word in D.C. circles had been that the president has already picked Vice President Mike Pence’s 36 year old chief of staff, Nick Ayers, as Kelly’s replacement, but on Sunday word got around that Ayers and Trump reached an impasse when it came to potential length of service—Trump wants his new chief to be around through the 2020 election. And Ayers himself then tweeted his thanks to Trump and Pence and that he’d be willing to help assist some other new chief of staff. No word on who Trump might have in mind besides him.
MEANWHILE—President Trump has announced his pick for the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff—Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley. Trump made the announcement Saturday. Milley, who has served in the U.S. Army for 35 years, will replace outgoing Joint Chiefs chairman Joseph Dunford, who has served in the role since 2015.