Ayers won't be Trump chief of staff, disrupting succession plan


The refusal on Sunday comes days after Trump said his current chief of staff, John Kelly, would leave the office in January. One likely candidate to replace him-Nick Ayers, chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence-is instead leaving the administration.

Mr Kelly, 68, was credited with keeping a sometimes impulsive president in check and upholding the protocols of government, but there were fears that Mr Ayers would gear the White House towards electioneering, ... "The problem is Trump is chief of staff and over his head", said the person, who was granted anonymity to speak frankly about ongoing deliberations.

Mr. Meadows has been a staunch defender of the president on TV and works closely with the White House.

Trump wants his next chief of staff to hold the job through the 2020 election, the official said. I will be making a decision soon'. No obvious successor to Kelly was in sight, and there was some fretting that Trump may not be able to fill the job by the time Kelly leaves.

Kelly, along with former national security adviser H.R. McMaster and Defense Secretary James Mattis made up a trio sometimes described at Trump's generals, picked for the stars on the collars and painted in reports as the responsible adults in the administration. They cited unnamed Hill and Meadows staffers in nothing that the Freedom Caucus chairman has Trump's ear, insider savvy, a keen understanding of Congress and oversight, and a great television presence.

The fact that Trump is struggling to attract any heavyweights for what was once considered a plum political posting speaks to the increasing isolation the president finds himself in, as special counsel Robert Mueller probes whether his campaign may have colluded with Russian Federation to tilt the 2016 election in his favor.

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The new list of potential candidates hasn't been inspiring, and several of the officials who have been linked to the position have rebuffed the suggestion that they might be interested.

-US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

And a person familiar with Mnuchin's thinking said he, too, was happy with his work at Treasury and had not sought the job of chief of staff.

Trump had discussed replacing Kelly on multiple occasions, including following the negative publicity surrounding his handling of domestic violence accusations against then-White House staff secretary Rob Porter.

Now that President Donald Trump's top choice to be chief of staff has passed on taking the job, he is considering four others for the post.

Choosing Bossie would rally Trump's outside loyalists who feel that it is time for a true MAGA believer to run the White House.