(CNN) – John Kelly, Secretary General of the White House, will resign at the end of the year, President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House on Saturday afternoon.
CNN reported on Friday that Kelly was supposed to announce his departure in the coming days.
"John Kelly will start by the end of the year," the president of the United States told reporters.
Trump said that Kelly has been with him for almost two years in his duties as head of staff and national security secretary.
"I appreciate your service," said Donald Trump.
Kelly's situation was in danger in the last few months while his relationship with the president deteriorated. He has not talked to Trump in the last few days, two officials told CNN, and their relationship no longer seemed sustainable. Vice-President Mike Pence's secretary, Nick Ayers, was considered the best candidate to replace Kelly for over six months. Both Ayers and Kelly usually reach Trump and Pence during a weekly lunch outside the Oval Office.
Kelly, who has not traveled with the president in Kansas this Friday, has also been interviewed by the special adviser Robert Mueller's team in recent months, three people familiar with the matter have reported to CNN. The White House has not responded to the request for comments on the discussions.
Kelly was about to resign or be fired several times. He was brought to bring order to the White House, but his influence has diminished in recent months, and his time as general secretary has often been marked by the same internal struggle and controversy that has largely defined the presidency of Donald Trump since ; start. .