John Kelly Currently Has Less Influence on Trump Than Fox & Friends Does

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Embattled White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has told senior aides that President Donald Trump asked him to stay in his role 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.

Kelly, a retired four-star Marine Corps general, has had a rocky tenure in the West Wing and was widely expected to leave his job this summer.

Kelly was Homeland Security chief when Trump named him to succeed Reince Priebus past year after he resigned.

Kelly was brought on in July 2017 to impose order on a chaotic West Wing, replacing Reince Priebus. Once Trump's gatekeeper who unilaterally controlled who entered the Oval Office and which ideas could be presented to the president, Kelly now is more of an operational chief and has given up somewhat on policing access to the president. "Today we celebrate his first full year as @WhiteHouse Chief of Staff!"




About a year later, Kelly is nearly useless, having lost respect among staffers and exerting little control over Trump's impulsive agenda, decisions, and tweeting.

"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.

Kelly has often joked publicly about how working for Trump is the hardest job he's ever had, including those on the battlefield.

The Wall Street Journal reported Kelly's agreement to stay earlier. The White House has struggle to recruit top talent across the administration to replace departing staffers.

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