In It For The Long Haul: Kelly Agrees To Stay On As Chief Of Staff Through 2020

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly speaks with US president Donald Trump next to US First Lady Melania Trump, before departing the Oval office at the White House en route to Joint Base Andrews on July 18, 2018 in... White House Chief of Staff John Kelly speaks with US president Donald Trump next to US First Lady Melania Trump, before departing the Oval office at the White House en route to Joint Base Andrews on July 18, 2018 in Washington,DC. (Photo by TASOS KATOPODIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read TASOS KATOPODIS/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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July 31, 2018 12:32 p.m.

White House chief of staff John Kelly announced to staff Monday that he’d agreed to stay in that position through the 2020 election, the Wall Street Journal first reported Tuesday.

Citing unnamed White House officials, the Journal said Kelly was responding to Trump’s request that he stay through 2020. The Washington Post and CNN, also citing unnamed officials, confirmed the news.

Kelly began as chief of staff in late July last year, taking over for Reince Priebus. Trump reportedly said at the time that he wanted “a general” as his top aide.

Serving through 2020, the Journal noted, would make Kelly’s tenure one of the longest in U.S. history.

This post has been updated.

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