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Trump Hates John Kelly Telling Him ‘No’ so Chief of Staff Could Be Fired, Report Says

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly may be in danger of losing his job for challenging President Donald Trump too often, sometimes even outright turning the commander-in-chief down.

Kelly, amid a number of reports of White House chaos and staff shake ups, reportedly tells the president “no” too often for Trump’s liking. The commander-in-chief also took umbrage with Kelly’s “stalling” on recent tariffs on steel and aluminum, The New York Times reported Thursday.

The report described Kelly as being on “thin ice” with Trump, but so were other top administration officials. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin were also named as the next officials who could be ousted.

McMaster could be the first top official listed to go, according to The Washington Post, due to Trump claiming to Kelly that the former general is “too rigid” and his briefings are often too long.

However, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pushed back on reports of McMaster’s demise.

“Just spoke @POTUS and Gen H.R. McMaster. Contrary to reports they have a good working relationship and there are no changes at the NSC,” Sanders tweeted Thursday night.

Kelly’s potential departure could happen as soon as Friday, CBS News reported, citing two unnamed sources. Kelly may even resign due to an “increasingly strained relationship” with Trump.

Kelly has faced reports of his demise ever since he left Homeland Security for the White House in July. The former general was viewed as someone who could bring discipline to the West Wing, but he’s also been involved in his own scandals. Kelly faced serious questions about what and when he knew of domestic abuse allegations against former staff secretary Rob Porter.

Kelly has also reportedly had clashes with White House senior advisers Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, with the president evidently tasking Kelly to find a way to oust his son-in-law and daughter.

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