White House chief of staff John Kelly expected to resign soon

Washington (CNN) John Kelly is expected to resign as White House chief of staff in the coming days, CNN reports.

US President Donald Trump and Joint Chief of Staff John Kelly Photo: DoD / CC BY 2.0 Photo: U.S. Army National Guard

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 it is up to Trump. Potential replacements include Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, who is still seen as a leading contender.

In July, Kelly announced to White House staff that Trump had asked him to stay on as chief of staff until at least 2020, and that he had agreed.