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'Tired of being told no,' Trump freezes out chief of staff

Associated Press logoAssociated Press 4/6/2018 By JONATHAN LEMIRE and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press
In this April 3, 2018 photo, President Donald Trump's Chief of Staff John Kelly attends a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Kelly, once empowered to bring order to a turbulent West Wing, is receding from view, his clout diminished, his word less trusted by staff and his guidance less tolerated by an increasingly go-it-alone-president. Emboldened in his job, President Donald Trump has rebelled against Kelly’s restrictions and mused about doing away with the chief of staff post entirely, leaving White House staffers and Trump allies to believe that Kelly is working on borrowed time. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) © The Associated Press In this April 3, 2018 photo, President Donald Trump's Chief of Staff John Kelly attends a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Kelly, once empowered to bring order to a turbulent West Wing, is receding from view, his clout diminished, his word less trusted by staff and his guidance less tolerated by an increasingly go-it-alone-president. Emboldened in his job, President Donald Trump has rebelled against Kelly’s restrictions and mused about doing away with the chief of staff post entirely, leaving White House staffers and Trump allies to believe that Kelly is working on borrowed time. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON — White House chief of staff John Kelly was once empowered to bring order to a turbulent West Wing. Now, it seems, he's receding from view.

Kelly's clout has been diminished. His word is less trusted by staff. His guidance is less tolerated by an increasingly go-it-alone-president.

President Donald Trump has rebelled against Kelly's restrictions. He's even mused about doing away with a chief of staff. That's led White House staffers and Trump allies to believe Kelly's working on borrowed time.

Kelly's allies say his retreat is strategic and an acknowledgment that Trump wanted to exert more control.

But those close to the president say Trump's increasingly expressed fatigue at Kelly's attempts to shackle him and that while Trump's not ready to fire Kelly, he's gradually begun freezing him out.

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