"John Kelly will be leaving - I don't know if I can say "retiring", Trump said. "We'll be announcing who will be taking John's place, it might on an interim basis".
Trump and Kelly had discussed the chief of staff's departure over the last 24 hours, a source familiar with the matter told CNN. But this past summer, Kelly sought to quiet speculation that he was nearing the exit because of tensions with Trump by telling senior staff that he meant to remain as chief of staff through Trump's 2020 reelection campaign.
He also faces his next campaign for the 2020 presidential elections. He quickly took on a broader range of responsibility than Priebus had, requiring all White House staffers to answer to him.
But White House officials told Associated Press that Mr Ayers had won the approval of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner and has impressed at the helm of Mr Pence's largely separate political operation. The following week, FBI Director Christopher Wray told the Senate intelligence committee that the FBI had given the White House a preliminary report on Porter almost a year ago.
In this December 15, 2017 photo Trump, left, appears with then U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions during the FBI National Academy graduation ceremony in Quantico, Va. Sessions was forced out of his job in November. He fills the slot vacated by former Alabama Sen. If confirmed, Barr will fill the slot vacated by Jeff Sessions, who was unceremoniously jettisoned by Trump last month over lingering resentment for recusing himself from overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller's Trump-Russia investigation. Kelly did not make an announcement about his plans, and Trump, in his remarks at the gathering, was very gracious to him, the person said.
The Republican president, who once said he wanted Kelly to stay through 2020, had hinted for weeks that he was no longer enamored with his aide. The former Commander of the United States Southern Command who entered the Trump administrations as the new president's first Secretary of Homeland Security has never fit in to White House culture, nor was he able to control it properly.
Reports of Kelly's impending departure have been circulating for months.
Kelly "responded to a narrow set of questions" in recent months related to potential obstruction of justice, the TV network said, citing three sources.
Hope Hicks - The White House communications director, a long-serving and trusted Trump aide, resigned on February 28.