“Congratulations to General John Kelly. Today we celebrate his first full year as @WhiteHouse Chief of Staff!” Trump wrote.
Speculation about Kelly’s exit hit a fever pitch about a month ago, with Trump openly weighing possible replacements. At the time, Kelly made clear to confidants that he had no plans to leave, though he had also told people close to him that he’d be happy if he made it to the one-year mark.
Kelly has often joked publicly about how working for Trump is the hardest job he’s ever had, including those on the battlefield.
Trump has grown increasingly frustrated with news reports about staff turnover and discord, often dubbing it “fake news,” though there has been a historic level of turnover during his first two years in office. The White House has struggle to recruit top talent across the administration to replace departing staffers.