Trump marks Kelly's one-year mark as departure rumors swirl

Trump marks Kelly's one-year mark as departure rumors swirl
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump threatens ex-intel official's clearance, citing comments on CNN Protesters topple Confederate monument on UNC campus Man wanted for threatening to shoot Trump spotted in Maryland MORE on Monday marked chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE's one-year mark at the White House, which comes amid speculation he could soon leave his post.  

Trump acknowledged Kelly's work anniversary during a swearing-in ceremony for the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert Wilkie.

"One year today, right? He became my chief of staff, Gen. Kelly," Trump said in the Oval Office. "John Kelly. In case of anybody's never heard of him."

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The president later mentioned his top aide's service on Twitter with a photo of the two men smiling and standing side by side. 

Kelly, who was the Homeland Security secretary prior to his appointment to the White House, was brought into the West Wing last summer to replace ousted 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 and impose order on a chaotic staff that was riven by internal divisions. 

The former Marine Corps general succeeded in imposing some changes, such as limiting who could meet with the president, but eventually saw his stature decline as Trump bucked his efforts to implement greater control.

The chief of staff also suffered damage for his handling of spousal abuse allegations against former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, who was a key Kelly ally.

Kelly, who is said to have set a goal of lasting one year in the job, has been rumored to be on the way out of the White House. But it is unclear if his departure is imminent and whom Trump might pick to replace him. 

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyOvernight Defense: Pentagon says Trump canceled parade before cost briefing | Erik Prince renews push for contractors to run Afghan war | More officials join outcry over security clearances On The Money: Trump 'not thrilled' at Fed chief's interest rate hikes | Trump says no concessions on Turkey tariffs | Why time is running out for NAFTA talks Mulvaney asking Trump officials to help company under pressure due to tariffs MORE and Nick Ayers, chief of staff to Vice President Pence, have been under consideration as possible replacements for Kelly.