John Kelly quits as prosecutors say Donald Trump broke law on cash

John F. Kelly White House Chief of Staff for President Donald Trump was present for he Medal of Honor ceremony for former Specialist Five James C. McCloughan U.S. Army in the East Room of the White House on Monday

On Friday, Trump announced a new U.S. attorney general and a new USA ambassador to the United Nations, and on Saturday he nominated Army General Mark Milley to replace Marine General Joseph Dunford as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. "But, he's a great guy", Trump said as he made the announcement. "He's associated with them for better or worse".

"John Kelly will be leaving at the end of the year", Trump said before heading to Philadelphia for the annual Army-Navy football game.

He was brought on to bring order to the White House, but his influence waned in recent months, and his time as chief of staff was often marked by the same infighting and controversy that has largely defined Trump's presidency from the beginning. Kelly put an end to much of that, cutting off walk-in privileges to the Oval and pushing out people he believed to be creating conflict.

His charge was to bring order to a West Wing that was besieged with chaos and disorder.

Staff changes are normal at the midpoint in a president's term, though Trump's penchant for drama and for announcing personnel on Twitter have added to a sense of ferment and uncertainty.

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 USA border, insisting on sending thousands of troops to "protect" that border, and tweeting conspiracy theories.

CNN on Friday reported that Kelly was expected to announce his departure in the coming days. Upon his arrival, Kelly also looked to ensure fewer people had direct access to the president in the Oval Office - a move that frustrated some whose access was suddenly restricted.

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For an administration that has had numerous members shuffle in and out, Kelly's departure may not seem shocking.

Gary Cohn, a former president of investment bank Goldman Sachs, resigned as Trump's top economic advisor in March in protest against the president's decision to levy new global trade tariffs. During a joint news conference with Putin in Helsinki, Trump questioned USA government's assessment that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election, saying he doesn't "see any reason why" Russian Federation would be responsible.

Hope Hicks - The White House communications director, a long-serving and trusted Trump aide, resigned on February 28. "He may have introduced a little more of a process and a little more rigor as compared to Reince Priebus. You piece all that stuff together and I think you start to see clear panic with no real endgame for the administration".

The decision is expected to cause aftershocks among leaders domestically and overseas who will be concerned about a return to White House that is even more undisciplined and chaotic.

In this January 10, 2018 photo, then Secretary of State Rex Tillerson listens as Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington.

He announced Friday that he'll nominate William Barr, who served as attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, to the same role in his administration. "That worry would be attenuated or increased depending on who is named to replace them, whom they will judge by their maturity and range of experience". Other names that have been discussed include Mick Mulvaney, a former SC congressman who now serves as President Donald Trump's budget director, House Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows, a North Carolina Republican and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California.

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