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Amid expectations that his resignation could be imminent, ABC News reported late Friday that Chief of Staff John Kelly has told President Donald Trump that he'd be willing to resign over the West Wing's bungled handling of allegations of spousal abuse levied against former staff secretary Rob Porter - a Kelly protege once seen as the likely candidate to fill the long-vacant deputy chief of staff job.
However, in an unusual flipping of the script for the Trump administration, a White House spokesperson said Kelly had not expressed interest in resigning. Typically, senior administration officials tell the press they left voluntarily, while White House press representatives have implied or outright stated that they were fired. This was famously the case with Chief Strategist Steve Bannon and former aide Sebastian Gorka.
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Meanwhile, Kelly denied reports that he offered to resign to NBC.
Furthermore, ABC News added that sources inside the West Wing say they do not believe Kelly's departure is imminent. The retired general and chief of staff worked a full day Friday and was seen leading his regularly scheduled staff meeting. As we noted earlier, rumors had circulated that Trump had floated the idea of replacing Kelly with OMB chief Mick Mulvaney, who is also interim director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. However, Mulvaney's plate overfull already, and it isn't clear how he would manage juggling three high-level administration jobs. The White House chief of staff is one of the most important positions in the West Wing and he or she often serves as the final gatekeeper for the president.
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