Finding a White House chief of staff turns into a scramble

Clay Curtis
December 13, 2018

Trump was left hanging when Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff Nick Ayers, who was expected to succeed White House chief of staff John Kelly, refused the President's request that he commit to a two-year tenure on the job.

White House chief of staff John Kelly is scheduled to leave January 2.

"I know they both love this country and want there to be a transition to the next leader here", she said.

"Fake News has it purposely wrong", Trump wrote on Twitter.

"Many more than ten, fighting for the post of head of the White house". Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) has been one of the few people openly vying for the job, though it's not clear how serious this proposition is. There are people under consideration.

Ayers turned down the position because he could not agree to terms with the President, a White House official told CNN.

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"Being able to work strategically, whether it's here or whether it's someplace else, is something that I would enjoy doing", Meadows told reporters on Monday.

Also mentioned as contenders by people close to the administration are former Trump deputy campaign manager David Bossie, acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker, and even White House communications director Bill Shine and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Of course, in the Trump White House, everything is up in the air - even after it's been announced.

"Meadows has been a staunch defender of the president in the Russian Federation probe as a member of the House Oversight Committee and has a sense of what Democrats will try to throw at Trump when they control the House next year", noted the New York Post.

Mr Trump has already burned through two chiefs of staff - a former chairman of the Republican National Committee and a retired marine four-star general - subjecting them to regular humiliation and ridicule.

Mr Ayers' announcement that he had made a decision to leave the White House surprised even senior staffers who believed his ascension to become Mr Trump's chief of staff was a done deal.

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