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Trump made the announcement to a group of reporters outside the White House on Saturday.
“John Kelly will be leaving…I don’t know if I can say ‘retiring,’” he said, according to a video shared by ABC News. “We’ll be announcing who will be taking John’s place, it might on an interim basis.”
The development doesn’t come as a shock for many as Kelly reportedly has had conflicts with the administration for months. He was brought in after Trump fired Reince Priebus to maintain some order in the otherwise chaotic setting of the administration, but had a “tumultuous” 17 months, according to USA Today.
For an administration that has had numerous members shuffle in and out, Kelly’s departure may not seem shocking. But Twitter responded exactly as expected:
Good riddance, John Kelly. You were just as hateful, ignorant and prejudiced as the man you worked for. The only difference between you and Trump was that you were better at pretending to have decency. Well, that and you didn’t bribe any porn stars.— Adam Best (@adamcbest) December 8, 2018
I am already mad at all the John Kelly was good pieces.— David M. Perry (@Lollardfish) December 8, 2018
Congrats to new Oscars host, John Kelly.— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) December 8, 2018
Will miss watching John Kelly during Trump's remarks pic.twitter.com/AgyaXiyrgM— Rebecca Buck (@RebeccaBuck) December 8, 2018
John Kelly is resigning to spend more time separating families https://t.co/mGfioLRvew— Dan Trombly (@stcolumbia) December 7, 2018
John Kelly will be resigning to spend more time appearing vaguely concerned before going along with literally everything his family wants to do— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) December 8, 2018
Kelly has not yet released a statement regarding his departure from the White House.
The departure comes just days after reports of Kelly’s questioning by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III as part of his probe into whether Trump obstructed justice in the Russia investigation.
Brought on as one of the “adults in the room” of the chaotic Trump presidency, Kelly failed to rein in his boss, who is now attempting to ban transgender people from serving in the military, still detaining children at the southern U.S. border, insisting on sending thousands of troops to “protect” that border, and tweeting conspiracy theories.
Meanwhile, Kelly had several missteps himself during his tenure. He called Confederate General Robert E. Lee an “honorable” man and defended former White House staffer Rob Porter against allegations of domestic violence, among other mishaps.
President Trump is set to name Kelly’s replacement on Monday.
Samira Sadeque is a New York-based journalist reporting on immigration, sexual violence, and mental health, and will sometimes write about memes and dinosaurs too. Her work also appears in Reuters, NPR, and NBC among other publications. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School, and her work has been nominated for SAJA awards. Follow: @Samideque