If Kelly goes, get ready for the White House to downplay his limited-time role

If Kelly exits the White House — The Post reported Friday that he is willing to resign — expect Trump’s remaining team to do what it often does to former aides: downplay their significance.

The reasons vary. Sometimes the goal is to discredit an ally-turned-critic. Other times the objective is to distance Trump from someone who appears to have become a liability. Another aim might be to counter the perception (reality) that retaining key staffers has been a challenge.

Whatever the motivation, the message is that someone who leaves Trump’s orbit probably was not very important in the first place.