White House Chief of Staff John Kelly reportedly plans to resign after his feud with Trump got so bad they stopped speaking

john kellyWhite House Chief of Staff John KellyPablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

  • White House Chief of Staff is reportedly expected to leave his job in the next few days.
  • Sources told CNN that he plans to resign as his relationship with the president has become untenable and the pair have stopped speaking.
  • Sources also told Axios that West Wing officials widely expect Kelly to depart soon.
  • Trump has reportedly tried to fire Kelly before.

White House staff reportedly believe that Chief of Staff John Kelly plans to resign in the next few days after his feud with President Donald Trump has become so bad that the pair has stopped speaking.

Two sources familiar with the situation in the West Wing told CNN that Kelly and Trump view their relationship as untenable and that the two have recently stopped speaking.

Trump is actively discussing a replacement plan, CNN reported, though a source said that nothing has been finalized yet.

The news was first reported by Axios, who said that West Wing officials widely believe Kelly will leave soon and that Nick Ayers, the chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, will replace him.

CNN also reported that Ayers is a potential replacement for Kelly.

In November, it was reported that Kelly may leave his position soon due to repeated clashes with First Lady Meliana Trump. NBC News reported that Kelly refused to promote some of her aides, prompting Trump to tell his chief of staff to give his wife what she wants.

A spokeswoman for the first lady then told INSIDER that Kelly and Melania have "a very positive relationship."

Trump has reportedly tried to fire Kelly before, but failed because Trump usually asks Kelly to fire people for him.

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