White House chief of staff John Kelly is set to announce his resignation from the post in the coming days after reaching a “stalemate” in his relationship with President Donald Trump, according to a CNN report.
Citing two sources familiar with the situation in the White House, the CNN broadcaster said on Friday that Kelly's relationship with the American head of state was no longer seen as "sustainable" and will likely lead to Kelly's ouster in the near future.
The report also said tensions between Trump and Kelly have escalated to the extent that the two have stopped speaking to one another for days.
Vice President Mike Pence’s Chief of Staff Nick Ayers has been mentioned as a potential replacement. Ayers reportedly has a close relationship with the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and his daughter, Ivanka Trump as well as the rest of the Trumps.
Rumors of Kelly’s departure from the US administration have been circulating since last month’s midterm elections.
Kelly joined the White House in July of last year following the resignation of former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus.
US media reports claimed in April that the 68-year-old had described the White House as a “miserable” place to work and called Trump an “unhinged idiot” during conversations with colleagues. He was also said to have mocked Trump's lack of policy knowledge.
Kelly issued a public statement at the time and dismissed the reports.
“I spend more time with the president than anyone else and we have an incredibly candid and strong relationship," Kelly said in his statement.
"I am committed to the president, his agenda, and our country," he added. "This is another pathetic attempt to smear people close to President Trump and distract from the administration’s many successes."
Trump also rejected the media reports at the time, insisting that he thought Kelly was doing “a very good job” and that he and Kelly had a “very good relationship.”
Kelly announced during the summer that he had agreed to stay on as White House chief of staff until at least 2020.