While it was only a matter of time before the personalities and differences of retired Marine Corps general John Kelly and President Donald Trump would clash, no one likely predicted it to end this way or on such a sour note.
According to a senior White House official speaking on the condition of anonymity to the New York Times, Kelly was “furious” with both the president’s daughter, Ivanka, and her husband Jared Kushner, for his firing. Kelly believed that they were the ones who pushed Trump to replace him with Vice President Mike Pence’s Chief of Staff, Nick Ayers. Ayers eventually turned down the position, but not before things got a tad bit weird.
According to sources, Trump didn’t want to fire Kelly himself, so he had considered making Ayers do it himself as he took Kelly’s position. Ayers declined to take the job, and subsequently the plan for Ayers to fire Kelly never materialized.
Kelly was also said to have taken notes on some of the things that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner had done or requested and then left those notes out on his desk in plain view.
After Ayers turned down the president’s offer to become his Chief of Staff, Mr. Trump reportedly has floated several new names out there, ranging from former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, to his Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, to GOP Congressman Mark Meadows. It is not known when a decision will be made on Kelly’s replacement.