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White House chief of staff John Kelly expected to resign soon

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John Kelly is expected to resign as White House chief of staff in the coming days, two sources familiar with the situation unfolding in the West Wing tell CNN.

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.

John Kelly, White House chief of staff, listens as U.S. President Donald Trump, left, speaks during a briefing with senior military leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said this week the U.S. and allies are holding the line against the Taliban in Afghanistan as forecasts of a significant offensive by the militants remain unfulfilled. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images © Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images John Kelly, White House chief of staff, listens as U.S. President Donald Trump, left, speaks during a briefing with senior military leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said this week the U.S. and allies are holding the line against the Taliban in Afghanistan as forecasts of a significant offensive by the militants remain unfulfilled. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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.

News of Kelly's imminent departure was first reported by Axios.

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