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Wednesday 24 January 2018

Obama's top aide set to quit White House

Alex Spillius in Washington

RAHM Emanuel, the White House chief of staff, is expected to leave his job later this year after growing tired of the 'idealism' of President Barack Obama's inner circle.

Washington insiders said he would quit within six to eight months in frustration at the unwillingness to "bang heads together" in order to get policy pushed through.

Mr Emanuel (50) enjoys a good working relationship with Mr Obama but they are believed to have reached an understanding that differences over style mean he will only serve half of the full four-year term.

Friends said Mr Emanuel was also worried about burning out and losing touch with his three young children. A leading Democratic consultant in Washington, suggested that Mr Emanuel would move on after elections that are due in November.

His abrasive style has rubbed some people up the wrong way, while there has been frustration among Mr Obama's closest advisers that he failed to deliver a smooth ride for the president's legislative programme.

The role of White House chief of staff is regarded as the most demanding after the presidency itself.

It involves controlling the president's agenda, enforcing White House message discipline and liaising with Congress. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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