CNN's Kaitlan Collins reported on Friday that Trump and Kelly had reached a "stalemate in their relationship", and had stopped speaking to one another. Kelly's departure has always been rumored, as the taciturn general was said to be frequently at odds with Trump. "I appreciate his service very much".
"John Kelly was well-positioned to structure access, to try to get pieces of the puzzle put on the table for the president", Baier said.
Mr Trump has not named Mr Kelly's successor, but White House officials say he is in talks with Mike Pence's chief of staff Nick Ayers.
He issued a similar denial in April after NBC News reported he had referred to Trump as an idiot on multiple occasions and said the president did not understand policy or how the government works. Kelly replaced Trump's first chief of staff, Reince Priebus, in July 2017.
Trump and Kelly have privately argued at times and complained about each other to confidants, sometimes in colorful language. He had been Secretary of Homeland Security for six months before Trump tapped him as chief of staff. Kelly was reportedly doing those things for a while after he arrived, at least until Trump rebelled.
The chief of staff, who often said privately that he did not believe that Trump appreciated or understood his own job, had taken to telling colleagues "I don't need this" after such criticism from the president. Ayers, who has young triplets, had long planned to leave the administration at the end of the year. "I'll be announcing that over the next day or two", Mr. Trump said.
It is the second top-level personnel change Trump has made since the mid-term elections on November 6, after Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned last month at Trump's request.
Trump began circumventing numerous policies and protocols Kelly enacted. ABC News has previously reported that the questions, which were divided into five sections, focused mostly on whether there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation during the presidential campaign cycle, according to sources.
Lights are off in Kelly's office this morning, per a senior admin official.
But, John will be leaving at the end of the year. He said some of those eligible for protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals were 'lazy.' . He has many detractors within the White House, where some people consider him brash and presumptuous. Kelly's shifting accounts caused his credibility inside the West Wing to plummet, and it never truly recovered, according to officials.
Kelly weathered criticism for his handling of domestic violence allegations that forced out staff secretary Rob Porter in early 2018.