White House advisers believe that chief of staff John Kelly could depart at any moment and that President Donald Trump may replace him with the vice president's top aide, Nick Ayers. "I appreciate his service very much".
Nick Ayers, the 36-year-old chief of staff to the vice-president, Mike Pence, has been named by a number of reports as a likely successor. "We will be announcing who will take John's place".
She says the two men no longer speak, and the situation "is no longer tenable".
Kelly wasn't seen at the White House during the day on Friday, but did attend a senior staff dinner in the evening, one of the people said.
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Trump confirmed his choices of William Barr to lead the Justice Department and Heather Nauert for the United Nations post as he left the White House, speaking to reporters over the din of the whirring blades of Marine One. They said Kelly could be out before the holidays.
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Trump said the date of transition is "to be determined".
But inside the White House, it was viewed largely as an attempt to clamp down on speculation about Kelly's fate during the midterm elections, rather than a true vote of confidence. Kelly's highly criticized handling of the Porter controversy was an inflection point in his tenure, and some of his internal relationships became strained in the months that followed the former staff secretary's ouster.