White House chief of staff Kelly to resign in days

US Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly said a clamp down on immigrants deemed to be in the US illegally would prioritize

US Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly said a clamp down on immigrants deemed to be in the US illegally would prioritize"criminal offenders while ensuring due process

If confirmed by the Senate, Barr will take over for acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker. Ryder referred other questions to the White House.

Trump spoke to reporters outside the White House, called Kelly a "great guy" and said it will be formally announced in the next few days.

Nick Ayers, the 36-year-old chief of staff to the vice-president, Mike Pence, has been named by a number of reports as a likely successor.

It is unclear who the replacement would be.

Kelly was not at work Friday morning, though an ally said he was simply taking a day off and would be at the White House for a holiday staff dinner Friday night. Kelly's shifting accounts caused his credibility inside the West Wing to plummet, and it never truly recovered, according to officials. Ayers, a sharp-elbowed and ambitious Georgia operative, fits the bill, advisers said.

This story is breaking and being updated. Striking that balance in the turbulent times of Trump has bedeviled both Kelly and his predecessor, Reince Priebus.

The White House counsel's office at first fought the Mueller request to talk to Kelly, a retired Marine general. Trump has chafed at Kelly's management style and resisted some of his moves to instill discipline in the West Wing and contain chaos. Kelly's highly criticized handling of the Porter controversy was an inflection point in his tenure, and some of his internal relationships became strained in the months that followed the former staff secretary's ouster.

But in the last months, Kelly has seen his status as chief of staff diminish.

Trump has been advised to bring on a chief of staff better suited to and familiar with the rough and tumble of a re-election campaign. Trump had previously said Kelly would stay until 2020.

Trump is further expected to announce Heather Nauert as the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Friday, replacing Nikki Haley.

"He's been with me nearly two years now as you know between the two positions", he continued.

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