President Donald Trump asked White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to stay in his post until 2020, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Kelly acceded to Trump’s request and informed White House staffers at a meeting Monday, The Daily Caller can confirm.
Trump’s request of Kelly came on the one-year anniversary of holding the position.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2018
Trump also took the opportunity to thank Kelly for a year on the job at a swearing-in ceremony for newly confirmed VA Secretary Robert Wilkie Monday evening, saying that General “Kelly, who – by the way – one year today, right? He became my chief of staff, General Kelly. John Kelly. In case of anybody’s never heard of him.”
Kelly took over for departed chief of staff Reince Priebus after a period of significant staff turmoil at the White House.
The retired four-star Marine General has served as a key adviser to Trump on the issue of immigration and has put in place an orderly staffing process, though he has been at the center of his own struggles with the president.