Numerous publications are reporting that John Kelly, President Donald Trump's Chief of staff, is leaving the White House. Kelly had been brought into the White House in order to bring discipline to the President's office. However, Trump chafed at Kelly's reforms and both men are no longer on speaking terms, according to reports.
Seventeen months in, Kelly and President Donald Trump have reached a stalemate in their relationship and it is no longer seen as tenable by either party. Though Trump asked Kelly over the summer to stay on as chief of staff for two more years, the two have stopped speaking in recent days. 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. Potential replacements include Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, who is still seen as a leading contender.