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 TrumpMedia giants side with Bannon on request to release Jan. 6 documents Cheney warns of consequences for Trump in dealings with Jan. 6 committee Jan. 6 panel recommends contempt charges for Trump DOJ official 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 PriebusTim Scott says he'd support Trump reelection bid Hill: Trump reelection would spur 'one constitutional crisis after another' Wisconsin GOP quietly prepares Ron Johnson backup plans 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. 

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