President Trump on Saturday said that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly will leave his position at the end of the year - after swirling rumors that Kelly's 17 month-long tenure in the Trump administration was nearing its end.
Donald Trump said John Kelly's replacement will be announced over the next day or two.
Kelly faced intense scrutiny in February and March over his response to the resignation of White House staff secretary Rob Porter, who faced allegations of domestic abuse from both his ex-wives. The White House struggled to stay on message as reporters pressed spokespeople to explain the inconsistencies.
A source explained that the men 'know that they are 17 months into what has been a very tumultuous relationship, ' adding: 'It is no longer seen as sustainable by either party'.
"Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence's top aide and a longtime Republican political operative, is the likely replacement for Mr. Kelly, these people say".
Kelly was reportedly questioned about the obstruction of justice arm of the special counsel's investigation, which CNN reported Thursday was first launched by former Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe shortly after his boss, James Comey, was fired.
Jonathan Ernst/Reuters John Kelly, above, replaced Reince Priebus as chief of staff in July 2017. Kelly took part in at least four Oval Office meetings with Trump on Thursday.
This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. On Friday, he announced that he had picked William Barr for attorney general and Heather Nauert for United Nations ambassador.