John Kelly says President Trump has asked that he remain as chief of staff through 2020

Posted at 11:34 AM, Jul 31, 2018

White House chief of staff John Kelly announced at a senior staff meeting Monday that President Donald Trump asked him to stay on as chief of staff until at least 2020 -- and that he agreed -- three White House officials confirmed to CNN.

The news came after Kelly marked his first anniversary as chief of staff amid a swirl of rumors about his potentially imminent departure. The Wall Street Journal first reported news of Kelly's plans.

Kelly has seen his status as chief of staff diminished in recent months, with the President circumventing many of the policies and protocols the retired Marine Corps general put in place when he entered the West Wing last year.

In the two weeks leading up to Trump's disruptive swing through Europe, senior aides predicted that Kelly had days or hours left. Those same aides now think the ensuing chaos of the trip may have helped Kelly hang on a little longer.

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