White House chief of staff John Kelly will leave his post at the end of this year, says US President Donald Trump.
“John Kelly will be leaving, retiring. I don’t know if I can say retiring,” Trump said on the South Lawn before leaving for Philadelphia on Saturday. “But he’s a great guy. John Kelly will be leaving at the end of the year.”
Chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence is expected to take over.
The move is among the most high-profile in the shake-up of Trump’s team after Republican losses in November’s midterm elections.
“It’s a very exhausting job,” the president added. “They start off, they’re young people, they’re there for two years, and they’re old by the time they leave.”
Kelly, 68, had spent four decades in the Marine Corps before emerging as a politician in the Trump administration.
Trump also dismissed Jeff Sessions as attorney general via Twitter the day after the midterms elections.