John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, is likely to leave his post in the next few days, ending a tumultuous 16-month tenure still among the longest for a senior aide to President Donald Trump, two people with direct knowledge of the developments said Friday.
Kelly, 68 moved over to the White House in July 2017 to replace former Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus as chief of staff.
CNN's Kaitlan Collins reported on Friday that Trump and Kelly had reached a "stalemate in their relationship", and had stopped speaking to one another. Trump is becoming increasingly concerned about Democrats taking over the House in January, and has privately said he needs someone else to help shape the last two years of his first term, which he predicts will be politically focused.
The Wall Street Journal reported in late June that Trump had consulted his advisers on a replacement, sources familiar with the matter said.
Mike Pence's chief of staff Nick Ayers has reportedly been angling for the job and is seen as the leading candidate. "Trump's chief of staff is Trump and always will be". They said Kelly could be out before the holidays.
Kelly spent more than four decades rising through the Marine Corps ranks before retiring in 2016 as a four-star general.
Trump is actively discussing a replacement plan, though a person involved in the process said nothing is final right now and ultimately nothing is final until Trump announces it. He has complained repeatedly that Kelly is not politically savvy.
He announced Friday that he'll nominate William Barr, who served as attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, to the same role in his administration.
Trump is further expected to announce Heather Nauert as the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Friday, replacing Nikki Haley.