Seventeen months in, Kelly and President Donald Trump have reached a stalemate in their relationship and it is no longer than tenable by either party. Though Trump asked Kelly over the summer to stay on the job for two more years. Trump announces it. Potential replacements include Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, who is still seen as a leading contender.
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CNN reported last month that Trump was considering potential replacements for several senior positions in his administration as part of a post-midterm staff shakeup.
News of Kelly's imminent departure.
Once seen as stabilizing force
When Kelly first replaces Reince Priebus as chief of staff last summer, he ruled with an iron fist. He has curbed Oval Office access, has made sure that he has completed the post of White House Switchboard.
But in the last months, Kelly has seen his status as Chief of Staff diminish. Trump began circumventing many of the policies and protocols he enacted, and he was on the verge of being fired or resigning.
Trump often vacillates between criticizing and praising Kelly, sometimes within minutes of each other. Kelly started holding some more senior staff meetings ̵
White House official Kelly was close to resigning after he got into A heated shouting match with national security adviser John Bolton in October. Bolton had criticized Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen during an Oval Office discussion on the border, and Kelly stormed out of the West Wing after her profanity-laced argument spilled over into the hallways.
Kelly's tenure working for Trump was pocked with controversies, and officials were often arrested. Kelly was confronted with Trump's controversial response to the racially charged protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was photographed looking grim-faced in the lobby of Trump Tower as the President declared there were "good people" on both sides of the racist violence.
At times, Kelly is the source of his own downfall. He insulted Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Florida, using inaccurate information, later declaring he would "never" apologize. He said some of those eligible for child labor under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals were "lazy."
Rob Porter, who was accused of having two ex-wives of abuse. Kelly's shifting accounts are his credibility in the West Wing to plummet, and never recovered, according to officials. Kelly's highly criticized handling of the Porter's controversy was at inflection point in his tenure, and some of his internal relationships became strained in the following months.
CNN's Kevin Liptak, Jeff Zeleny, Jeremy Diamond, and Sarah Westwood contributed to this report.