In April, Kelly shot down an NBC News report that cited White House officials saying he called Trump an "idiot" in front of aides and had portrayed himself as a "savior" who rescued the country from disaster. Now, the newfound job security is another sign tensions have eased.
Kelly hit the one-year mark as Trump's chief of staff Monday.
Two months after Kelly moved into his job, the president declared him "one of the best people I've ever worked with" and predicted, "He will be here, in my opinion, for the entire seven remaining years". Trump acts as though he doesn't really want a chief of staff, and Kelly "no longer works to keep his mercurial boss on task or on message".
"He comes down for the day, and whatever he saw on Fox & Friends, he schedules meetings based on that", one former White House official told Politico. Porter was sacked, and amid the fallout, other aides said Kelly lost some of his clout with the President.
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"We didn't cover ourselves in glory", Kelly told a gathering of reporters last March.
On Monday, Trump marked Kelly's anniversary by posting to Twitter a photo of the two men smiling in the Oval Office with the caption "Congratulations to General John Kelly".
Chafing at Kelly's efforts to impose order, Trump has increasingly followed his own counsel and added more like-minded aides to his staff.
A retired Marine general, Kelly replaced Reince Priebus in the role.