According to a bombshell report in the Wall Street Journal, White House Chief of Staff, John Kelly might be the next departure from the Trump Administration. The Journal reported that Kelly told colleagues he doesn’t intend to stay in the role beyond his one-year anniversary, which was coming up on July 31st (today). The White House denied the report, with spokeswoman Lindsay Walters saying “I spoke to the president who refuted this article. He said it is absolutely not true and that it is fake news.”
Trump wasn’t as precise in his language when speaking directly on the subject. “We’re getting along very well,” he said. Then he added, “Look, at some point, things happen but I will tell you … we have a very good relationship. He’s a wonderful man.”
As it turns out, the initial reports could’ve possibly been accurate, but Kelly won’t be departing regardless. The Wall Street Journal reported, giving an update that Kelly would be remaining in the White House at Trump’s personal request. “White House chief of staff John Kelly told staff on Monday that President Trump had asked him to remain in his post through the 2020 election, White House officials said, a request that comes as tensions between the two men have eased in recent months. Mr. Kelly told staff he agreed to the president’s request, one of the officials said.”
From @johnrobertsFox — MULTIPLE SOURCES TELL FOX NEWS THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS ASKED JOHN KELLY TO STAY ON AS CHIEF OF STAFF THROUGH 2020.. after all the stories about this.. this seems pretty definitive.
— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) July 31, 2018
Confirmed that John Kelly announced at a senior staff meeting yesterday that Trump asked him to stay on as chief of staff until at least 2020. Keep in mind that in the two weeks leading up to Trump's disruptive Europe trip, senior aides were telling me he had days or hours left..
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) July 31, 2018
Media: Gen. John Kelly is miserable as Chief of Staff. Will be fired any minute.
Real life: https://t.co/5IMQKNFRdU
— ForAmerica (@ForAmerica) July 31, 2018
It should be noted that we don’t really know if Kelly was planning on departing from the White House today. As seems to be common nowadays, the media only cited “sources” for that claim. A staffer is given anonymity and the speculation games begin. Maybe it’s true – maybe it’s not. The general public has no idea what the facts are, while journalists speculate freely.
For as much as the left wants to put “fake news” on their list of explanations for Trump’s presidential victory, it seems that nearly all the fake news generated is coming exclusively from liberal journalists.