Report: Melania Trump supports Kelly amid speculation about his departure

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is said to have an important ally amid reports of President Trump’s growing doubts about him. 

Axios is reporting that “First Lady Melania Trump genuinely supports Kelly and likes him a lot. Thinks he’s a pro.” 

The outlet adds that Kelly has helped to gain and strengthen her support of him by engaging her in White House plans. 

Nevertheless, there is increasing speculation that Kelly may not be Chief of Staff for much longer. 

According to Reuters, multiple officials in the Trump administration have pointed out friction between the president and Kelly, in part, over disagreements about issues like the handling of staff security clearances. 

There may also be tension stemming from their interpersonal dynamic, with Trump reportedly unhappy about the narrative that Kelly has brought discipline to the White House and the general said to be displeased about the way he has been treated by the president at times.

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"Melania Trump was born in Slovenia in 1970, making her the only first lady to have been born outside the US other than Louisa Catherine Johnson, the wife of John Quincy Adams. (She was born in England, though her father was an American merchant.)"

"She started modeling in the late '80s and moved to New York City to pursue a career in 1996."

"While modeling in Europe, Melania reportedly learned to speak in five languages, making her the most linguistically gifted first lady in American history."

GQ

"Once she moved to New York, friends say that Trump avoided parties, choosing instead to exercise, go to bed early, and eat healthily, friends say. She reportedly consumes seven pieces of fruit a day."

"Donald Trump met Melania at a party in 1998, which he attended with another date. Melania refused to give him her number at first, but later asked for his and ended up calling him a few days following."

"The couple married in 2005 at a star-studded wedding where the guests included Matt Lauer, Katie Couric, Kelly Ripa, Barbara Walters, Rudy Giuliani — and Bill and Hillary Clinton."

Vogue

"Barron, their son, was born in 2006. While the Trumps have staff to help with cooking and housework, they reportedly didn't hire a traditional nanny, and Melania frequently helps Barron with his homework and takes him to sports practices."

"When Donald Trump began his presidential run, Melania Trump was happy to stay in the background."

"Her first major political scandal took place when she reportedly copied parts of her Republican National Convention speech from a speech Michelle Obama had given at the 2008 Democratic National Convention."
"The scandal didn't slow down the Trump campaign. Melania Trump officially became the first lady of the United States in January 2017."
"The scandal didn't slow down the Trump campaign. Melania Trump officially became the first lady of the United States in January 2017."
"When the first lady and the president were together, people had a lot to say about their body language. During a trip to Israel in May — President Trump's first trip abroad since he took office in January — much was made of the seemingly odd body language between the pair."
"In May, Trump faced her first true scandal as first lady when she wore a $51,500 Dolce & Gabbana jacket to at the annual G-7 summit in Catania, Italy. Critics slammed her for wearing an outfit that cost more than most Americans earn in a year."
"Following the incident, Trump toned down the pricey clothing, though she still wore a $1,380 Balmain shirt to Michelle Obama's vegetable garden."
"In June, soon after Trump and Barron finally moved into the White House, her parents came to visit. Many were struck by how much her father, Viktor Knavs, looked like Donald Trump."
"Melania faced another fashion scandal in August when she was spotted wearing sky-high stilettos heading to an area devastated by Hurricane Harvey. (She changed into more appropriate clothing on the plane.)"
"And, she faced drama outside of fashion when Ivana Trump, the president's first wife, called herself the real first lady in October. Melania's spokeswoman called Ivana's comments "attention seeking and self-serving noise.""
"Perhaps the strangest thing to happen to Melania Trump yet in her first year as first lady is the rise of a bizarre conspiracy theory that she has a body double. The theory is based on little evidence other than one bad photo of Trump and the fact that she has a secret service agent who looks strikingly similar to her."
"While Trump hasn't taken any major political stances as first lady, she's started quietly taking action on a handful of issues. Initiatives include speeches to address bullying and solo trips to speak with those affected by the opioid crisis."
"Along the way, she's become the most popular Trump in the White House. According to a CNN poll, the first lady has a 48% approval rating, compared to the president's 38%."
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