White House chief of staff John Kelly is expected to leave his post as early as this week or after President Trump returns from a scheduled trip to Europe next month, The Wall Street Journal reproted Thursday.
The paper reported that the president has spoken in recent weeks with advisers about potential replacements.
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney is considered a favorite for the role, as is Nick Ayers, Vice President Pence’s current chief of staff.
In April, Kelly denied a report that he called Trump an “idiot” and that he mocked Trump’s lack of policy knowledge.
“I spend more time with the president than anyone else and we have an incredibly candid and strong relationship,” Kelly said at the time.
“I am committed to the president, his agenda, and our country,” he added. “This is another pathetic attempt to smear people close to President Trump and distract from the administration’s many successes.”