From CBS NEWS:
President Trump’s longtime aide and head of Oval Office operations, Keith Schiller, is leaving the White House and Washington, CBS News confirms, according to two sources familiar with the situation.
Schiller plans to re-locate to Florida. Financial considerations and some friction with chief of staff John Kelly are at the heart of the decision.
Schiller is one of Mr. Trump’s closest friends among his employees, and their relationship long pre-dates Mr. Trump’s candidacy. Schiller had universal walk-in privileges to the Oval Office before Kelly arrived.
Schiller’s planned departure comes just weeks after Kelly joined the White House. Kelly has tightened all access to the president in the Oval Office, and that included Schiller.
The news comes after some high-profile departures, even since Kelly joined the White House.
From Daily Mail:
Schiller’s departure, which could come as soon as a month from now, would follow the recent exit of Steve Bannon, the sixth top-shelf aide to depart since the president moved to Washington. Bannon’s ouster also left high-profile national security aide Sebastian Gorka unprotected; he was fired last week.
Others in the West Wing departure lounge have included former national security adviser Gen. Mike Flynn, chief of staff Reince Priebus, press secretary Sean Spicer and communications directors Jason Miller, Mike Dubke and Anthony Scaramucci.
Trump has also dismissed FBI director James Comey in early May. it was Schiller who hand-carried the official letter to the FBI saying he’d been fired.
CNN reported on Friday that has Schiller chafed at new chief of staff John Kelly’s attempts to professionalize the West Wing and control who meets with the president.
Schiller has complained that if he wants to reach the president, he now has to call the White House switchboard and ask.
Previously, the former New York City police detective had ‘walk-in’ privileges in the Oval Office, whose door Trump typically kept open between meetings.
If Schiller departs, Trump will only have two remaining aides who followed him to the White House from his real estate firm: interim communications director Hope Hicks and social media guru Dan Scavino.
The 6’4″ hulk famously ejected Univision reporter Jorge Ramos from an August 2015 campaign press conference after he refused to stop pestering then-candidate Trump about illegal immigration.