Four senior Trump administration officials have revealed that national security adviser H.R. McMaster and White House chief of staff John Kelly could soon depart the White House over increasing tensions with President Trump.
The officials told Reuters that tensions between the president and McMaster and Kelly have risen in recent weeks to the point that either man could be near resigning.
The Reuters report comes after Trump broke with McMaster on Saturday over whether indictments in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation show “incontrovertible” evidence of Russia’s election meddling.
Meanwhile, Trump’s frustration with his chief of staff has reportedly grown in recent weeks — specifically over the handling of the resignation of White House staff secretary Rob Porter.
Porter resigned earlier this month after reports emerged that his two ex-wives accused him of domestic abuse.
Kelly initially defended Porter. The chief of staff has not explained why he did not cut ties with Porter after the FBI notified the White House about the allegations that turned up during his background check.
The controversy took over the administration for much of February, with a number of Trump’s allies calling for Kelly to resign over his handling of the situation. But White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said last week at a press briefing that Trump “has confidence in his chief of staff.”
McMaster and Kelly would be the latest top Trump officials to depart the White House, which has been plagued by rapid turnover.