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Chief of Staff John Kelly to step down by year-end: Trump

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

US on Saturday said his would be leaving the by the end of this year, the latest in the series of reshuffle in the

A retired marine general, 68-year-old Kelly has been Trump's since July 31, 2017. In the first seven months of the Trump administration, he was the of Homeland Security.

There were reports that the relationship between Trump and Kelly has deteriorated to such an extent that the two were no longer on speaking terms.

"will be leaving I don't know if I can say 'retiring'. But, he's a great guy. will be leaving at the end of the year," Trump told reporters at the

Kelly, who was brought in by Trump after he fired Reince Priebus, has been instrumental in bringing in a sense of discipline inside the

No replacement of Kelly has been named yet.

"We will be announcing who will be taking John's placeI shall be announcing that over the next day or two. But, John will be leaving at the end of the year. He has been with me almost two years now," Trump said.

Earlier in the day, Trump nominated as his next of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation's top

If confirmed by the Senate, Gen Milley would replace who is scheduled to retire next summer. Milley currently is of the

Trump described Gen Milley as a "great gentleman and a great patriot".

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First Published: Sun, December 09 2018. 00:50 IST