President TrumpDonald John TrumpMueller report findings could be a 'good day' for Trump, Dem senator says Trump officials heading to China for trade talks next week Showdown looms over Mueller report MORE is reportedly frustrated with chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE over his handling of abuse allegations against former White House staff secretary Rob Porter and has started considering replacements. 

Sources told NBC News that Trump is angry over Kelly's statements on Porter, specifically his initial defense of the top aide following allegations of domestic abuse. According to sources, Trump has openly talked about replacing Kelly. 

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Porter resigned Wednesday after reports surfaced of allegations of physical and verbal abuse by his two ex-wives. 

Kelly on Tuesday defended Porter as a "man of true integrity and honor" after reports of the alleged abuse first emerged, but later said he was "shocked" by the allegations and insisted that there is "no place for domestic violence in our society."

The chief of staff's backtracking, however, hasn't been enough to stave off backlash. 

Kelly has faced scrutiny over his decision to keep Porter on staff despite knowing about the allegations. The FBI reportedly informed the White House of Porter's past behavior while conducting a background check. Porter continued to work at the White House months after officials first learned of the allegations against him, according to reports, and worked in the West Wing without a national security clearance.

Despite Trump's frustration with Kelly over the situation, a source told NBC that he is unlikely to fire his chief of staff "because there's too much drama." 

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