Chief of Staff John Kelly is reportedly preparing to leave the West Wing this summer after serving one year as President Trump's chief of staff after enduring a handful of scandals that strained his relationship with the president. The Wall Street Journal reports that Trump has been consulting on possible replacements for Kelly, and that he's already settled on two frontrunners: Nick Ayers, who servers as chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, and Mick Mulvaney, who leads the Office of Management and Budget and is also the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
WSJ's sources said Kelly's resignation could come as soon as this week, or it could follow Trump's mid-July trip to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit.
Kelly survived Trump's spring housecleaning that swept away former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and former National Security Advisor HR McMaster. Kelly also faced down calls for his dismissal after he reportedly pressured White House staff to lie about the timeline of events during the "Rob Porter spousal abuse controversy." Kelly, who replaced inaugural former Chief of Staff Reince Preibus after only a few months on the job, has also drawn rebukes from Trump for implying during an interview that Trump's views on his famed border wall had "evolved."