Top Kelly aide expected to become new White House deputy chief of staff: report

Top Kelly aide expected to become new White House deputy chief of staff: report
© Getty

Incoming White House Chief of Staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE's top aide is expected to join him at the White House as a deputy chief of staff, CNN reported Saturday.

Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenHillicon Valley: Trump revokes Brennan's security clearance | Twitter cracks down on InfoWars | AT&T hit with crypto lawsuit | DHS hosts election security exercise Overnight Health Care: Arkansas Medicaid work rules could cost thousands coverage | Record number of overdose deaths in 2017 | Dems demand immediate reunification of separated children Senate Dems demand immediate reunification of remaining separated children MORE has been serving as Kelly's chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security.

Trump appointed Kelly, who has served the Homeland Security secretary since January, as his new White House chief of staff on Friday. 


Trump made the announcement via Twitter shortly after returning to Washington from a speech in Long Island, N.Y. The president's now-former chief of staff Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusDems make history in Tuesday's primaries National Archives warns it can't fulfill Kavanaugh documents request until October Trump asks chief of staff Kelly to stay through 2020 MORE reportedly tendered his resignation on Thursday, but accompanied Trump to New York on Friday.

The deputy chief of staff job expected to be filled by Nielsen was most recently held by Katie WalshKatie E. WalshCNN's Camerota cautions viewers that explosive Wolff book 'isn't really journalism' Author has tapes of interviews with Bannon, officials: report White House barring employees from using personal cellphones at work MORE, who left the post in March to work for the outside group America First Policies. 

Like Priebus, Walsh previously worked for the Republican National Committee. Two other RNC alums, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and Michael Short, a press aide, left their posts at the White House over the past week.

Nielsen most recently worked as the president of Sunesis Consulting and served as a senior fellow and member of the Resilience Task Force at the George Washington University's Center for Cyber and Homeland Security.

She worked in the White House under former President George W. Bush, serving as a special assistant to the president for prevention, preparedness, and response on the White House Homeland Security Council.