'White House insiders expect Chief of Staff John Kelly to resign in the coming days.
Sources told DailyMail.com that Kelly, a decorated Marine Corps general brought in last year, is 'expected' to leave the White House before the end of the year, and the announcement could come as soon as Friday.
His expected replacement is Nick Ayers, the young chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence.
A source familiar with the situation told DailyMail.com on Friday morning that a dinner at the White House in the evening for senior staff was supposed to serve as an appreciation event for Kelly and other departing senior officials.
'They were trying to give John the out he deserved for his service to the country. That was the plan,' the person said.
Now, that timeline has likely been expedited —Trump could make the announcement as soon as Friday.
The news comes as CNN reported that Kelly is no longer on speaking terms with President Donald Trump.
The decorated veteran participated in a handful of Oval Office meetings on Thursday, a source told DailyMail.com on Friday, adding that he and Trump didn't interact before or afterward.
Trump and Kelly 'know that they are 17 months into what has been a very tumultuous relationship. It is no longer seen as sustainable by either party,' CNN reported Friday morning.
'Their relationship has deteriorated so much in the last couple weeks, where John Kelly's job security has essentially been seen as permanently in danger.'
The Daily Caller, a favored Trump news outlet, reported Friday that an unnamed source had said the idea of an impendingKelly resignation was 'absolutely untrue,' and that the chief of staff had merely taken a day off.
The website's editorial director, Vince Coglianese, is the son of U.S. Marine Corps Major General Vincent A. Coglianese, who is in charge of Marine Corps Installations Command.
Axios reported Friday what administration insiders have said for weeks: Ayers will likely take over for Kelly whenever he leaves.'
Read more: White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is 'expected' to resign after Trump completely stopped speaking to him – and Pence chief of staff will replace him
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