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Trump to Keep Kelly as His Chief of Staff Through 2020

Trump to Keep Kelly as His Chief of Staff Through 2020

A White House official told the paper that the retired four-star Marine general, who past year told reporters that "it is not the best job I ever had", agreed to Trump's request. That's according to three White House officials Tuesday, who were not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations.

Kelly, who hit his one-year mark in the White House on Monday, had been expected to step aside as early as this summer. Over the weekend, Kelly marked one year as White House chief of staff.

Still, Trump is known as a mercurial boss, whose feelings on key staffers can shift rapidly.

Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general who served as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security during the first months of 2017, took over from former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus last July.

However, the President applauded Kelly on Monday, tweeting a photo of the pair together.

"The president knows that it is necessary to have a chief of staff that allows him to do things that only he, as president, can do", said White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters.

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The two strong-willed men clashed repeatedly, with semi-frequent Oval Office shouting matches and speculation that Kelly could quit.

"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.

A source speaking to the Wall Street Journal said that "the plan" was to have Kelly remain until 2020 but that it could always change.

But his standing in the White House has been somewhat diminished in recent months.

In the past, Trump has been coy about Kelly's role going forward.