Kelly exit helps position Trump for 2020

Trump is likely to replace Kelly — a former Marine General who brought little political experience to the West Wing — with Nick Ayers, an ambitious young operative who is now Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff. Where Kelly could be politically tone deaf, Ayers ran a presidential campaign before he was 30…

White House aides predicted that Ayers, if tapped despite internal opposition to his selection, would focus the West Wing almost entirely on the president’s reelection effort. “You’re going to have a White House that’s all politics all the time,” said a former White House official, who predicted a transformation of the West Wing into a “quasi-campaign operation…

Trump has complained to friends and advisers that the generals who have staffed his administration “don’t understand anything except for military tactics.”