Trump celebrates Kelly's first full year as chief of staff

Scaramucci CNN reporter was doing her job

White House officials say Kelly made the announcement to staff Monday, complying with the president's request.

Kelly's tenure was marred by his handling of the domestic abuse allegations against staff secretary Rob Porter, who resigned in February.

The officials who were not authorised to speak publicly about private conversations.

The news that Kelly intends to stay on at the helm of the administration for the long haul comes just a day after Kelly passed the one year mark in the job as the president's second chief of staff.

Kelly's fate has been a subject of months of speculation as to his standing in the West Wing diminished.

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

On Monday, the president tweeted congratulations to Kelly on reaching the one-year mark.

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

Kelly was appointed last July to succeed Reince Priebus, Trump's first chief of staff, after serving for the first six months of the administration as secretary of homeland security.

Chafing at Kelly's efforts to impose order, Trump has increasingly followed his own counsel and added more like-minded aides to his staff.

Unwilling to cede control to a powerful chief of staff again, Trump mused aloud to confidants that he might leave the job open, according to the official. If that's true, it's a very twisted way for a place as important as the White House to be run.

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.

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

Gabriel Sherman, who had previously documented Kelly's misery and ineffectiveness in some detail, has a theory that he's actually getting his revenge on Trump by sticking around, since POTUS wants him to quit but is reluctant to fire him.

"Look, at some point, things happen but I will tell you. we have a very good relationship".

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