"There are a lot of knives out for him, but the President needs and trusts John Kelly"

One White House official says that while staffers — including Ivanka Trump, the President’s daughter and senior adviser — “have their issues” with Kelly, they realize he is critical to stabilizing the chaotic West Wing.

“She won’t do anything to undermine him,” one official says, adding: “If Kelly leaves, the rest of the ship goes with him.”

As for Kelly’s future at the White House, another source familiar with their relationship says that while there are certainly days the President is frustrated with him, he is not necessarily at the point that he wants him gone yet.