Trump announces John Kelly is leaving

Trump announces John Kelly is leaving

CNN reports Kelly and President Donald Trump have reached a stalemate in their relationship and it is no longer seen as tenable by either party.

Kelly spent more than four decades rising through the Marine Corps ranks before retiring in 2016 as a four-star general.

Mr Kelly's replacement might be an interim chief of staff until a permanent successor is found, the Republican president said.

The president told one of his associates on Thursday night: 'Stop calling John [Kelly] for anything. "But, he's a great guy".

The two have reportedly stopped speaking in recent days. The relationship seems to have frayed beyond fix.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has been interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as a part of the sprawling Russian Federation investigation, despite initial objections, according to a new report from CNN. Axios and CNN reported earlier that White House officials expect Kelly to resign soon. Kelly, who had hired Porter, initially defended him as "a man of true integrity and honor". But his iron first also alienated some longtime Trump allies, and he grew increasingly isolated, with an increasingly diminished role.

News of the latest staffing changes come as the president named William Barr as his new Attorney General.

Trump has made it known that he will not force Kelly out but is prepared to let him leave in his own time, people familiar with the situation said.

This story is breaking and being updated. Vanity Fair reported in 2017 Kelly's discipline put a strain on his relationship with Trump and cited an unnamed source who said Trump and Kelly were "fighting a lot".