Trump chief of staff says he will stay at Trump's request

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI  AFP

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI AFP

"I am pleased to inform you that I have just named General/Secretary John F Kelly as White House Chief of Staff".

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Kelly was Homeland Security chief when Trump named him to succeed Reince Priebus previous year after he resigned. Every few months, reports re-emerge about Kelly's dissatisfaction with his job and potential resignation.

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Kelly a four-start Marine general, took the post when his commander-in-chief asked him to, moving over from the Department of Homeland Security. If Kelly does indeed stay through 2020, and Trump loses his reelection, you could nearly imagine the chief of staff alternatively laughing and crying at having ridden this wild tiger to the very end.

It was July 28 of past year when Trump announced Kelly would replace Reince Priebus.

Trump was reportedly looking at replacements earlier this year and had zeroed in on Nick Ayers, Vice President Pence's chief of staff, and Mick Mulvaney, who now heads the Office of Management and Budget and is the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Add Trump Administration as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Trump Administration news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

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Andy Card, chief of staff under George W. Bush, served for a little over five years.

The president has gone after European allies under Kelly's tenure. Speculation that Kelly would leave has swirled in recent months as he has shown his exasperation and frustration with the job, said one former White House official. While he has not backed away from his assertion that the position is "the hardest job" he'll ever have, Kelly has signaled a willingness to forge ahead in the postition even with diminished clout.

Trump has grown increasingly frustrated with news reports about staff turnover and discord, often dubbing it "fake news", though there has a historic level of turnover during his first two years in office. He has said he spends as much as eight hours a day with Trump.

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