President Trump reportedly considered firing Chief of Staff John Kelly earlier this month and fulfilling the duties himself rather than naming a replacement. NBC News reported Thursday that Trump suggested to others outside the White House that he would leave the chief of staff position open. He would then receive direct reports from a handful of top aides, in a set-up that would resemble how he operated the Trump Organization. More: Trump considered ousting Kelly and serving as his own chief of staff: report Well, there's another scary thought. Personally, I think Kelly's an asshole - but at least he seems to be a reasonably sane asshole.