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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders dismissed Tuesday a report from Vanity Fair that Ivanka Trump is searching on behalf of the president for someone to succeed Chief of Staff John Kelly.

The report states: 

Donald Trump’s relationship with John Kelly, his chief of staff, fraught from the beginning, may finally have gone past the point of no return. Two prominent Republicans in frequent contact with the White House told me that Trump has discussed choosing Kelly’s successor in recent days, asking a close friend what he thought about David Urban, a veteran Washington lobbyist and political operative who helped engineer Trump’s victory in Pennsylvania.

Ivanka is also playing a central role in the search, quietly field-testing ideas with people. “Ivanka is the most worried about it. She’s trying to figure who replaces Kelly,” a person who’s spoken with her said. 

Sanders dismissed the report that such an effort is underway.

"I would not use Vanity Fair for much, other than a coaster. I do not think it is a reliable source of information and certainly not on this topic," she said on "Fox & Friends."

Sanders said Kelly is "here for the long haul" and he has a "great relationship" with President Trump. 

"I expect General Kelly not to just be here for the next three years, but the next seven years."

"Every single week [the press claims] there's another one of us leaving. We'll see what fake news is pushing next week on who's departing," she said. 

Reports last week indicated a rift between Trump and Kelly over the former U.S. Marine general's statement to Fox News' Bret Baier that Trump's promise of a border wall was not "fully informed.


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