White House Chief of Staff John Kelly's departure could be imminent

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly's replacement will be announced in the next two days. File

Kelly is reportedly being honored at a special dinner this week meant to thank him and other departing staff - although CNN says that he and President Trump are no longer on speaking terms.

President Donald Trump on Friday accelerated a long-anticipated shake-up of his Cabinet in the wake of the midterm elections, naming new picks for attorney general and United Nations ambassador amid widespread speculation that embattled White House Chief of Staff John Kelly could soon depart.

Trump had discussed replacing Kelly on multiple occasions, including following the negative publicity surrounding Kelly's handling of domestic violence accusations against then-White House staff secretary Rob Porter.

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.

The rocky relationship between Trump and Kelly, 68, a retired Marine Corps general, has been widely reported. Kelly is reportedly on his way out. Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, Nick Ayers, is a possible contender, the source said. We'll be announcing who will be taking John's place.

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"Sure, Trump says he wants him gone, and Kelly swears and leaves and says he's not coming back".

Ayers, who is a seasoned campaign veteran despite his relative youth - he's just 36 - has the backing of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, the president's daughter and son-in-law and senior advisers, for the new role, according to White House officials. Trump had previously said Kelly would stay until 2020.

Washington has been abuzz with rumors about Kelly's job status at various moments during his 16-month tenure.

This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly.

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