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John Kelly will resign from White House in coming days: report

Kelly has been with the Trump administration from the very beginning, and been at the center of some of its worst policies and scandals.

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On Friday morning, CNN reported that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is expected to resign from the Trump administration shortly.

Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general, previously served as President Donald Trump's first Secretary of Homeland Security, where he presided over the initial implementation of the Muslim travel ban and first conceived of the idea for the horrific policy of separating migrant children from their families. He has reinforced and encouraged Trump's nastiest impulses toward immigrants, urging him to reject a bipartisan agreement to protect DACA and claiming that young immigrants are "lazy."

When he was first appointed chief of staff in July 2017 to replace Reince Priebus, he was characterized as an "adult in the room" who could bring order to a White House perpetually in a state of five-alarm fires. Instead, he promptly revealed himself to be as much a sower of destruction and scandal as anyone else, attacking a congresswoman for standing up for a bereaved military spouse with false smears, and shielding a top White House aide accused of assaulting women.

In the end, Kelly leaves the Trump White House as a man whose reputation is in tatters, and whose wholesale failure to course correct the Trump administration in any way will define his legacy.

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Matthew Chapman is a video game designer, science fiction author, and political reporter from Austin, TX. Follow him on Twitter @fawfulfan.