Published: Mon, December 10, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Ayers not taking job as White House chief of staff

Ayers not taking job as White House chief of staff

Chief of Staff to Vice President Pence Nick Ayers and White House chief economic adviser Gary Cohn listen as President Donald Trump speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Feb. 26, 2018. Instead, he will begin overseeing a pro-Trump political action committee next year.

Ayers revealed the news in a tweet.

Ayers reportedly told the president he would only take the position on a temporary basis until spring, while the president pushed for a two-year commitment.

Ayers, now Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, tweeted that he would be leaving the White House shortly.

In recent months, Kelly's relationship with Trump has become strained with the two not being on speaking terms within the last few days.

Mr. Trump will decide on his new chief of staff by the end of the year, the sources said.

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President Donald Trump's top pick to replace John Kelly as chief of staff, Nick Ayers, is no longer expected to fill that role. Ayers backing out will slightly delay Mr. Trump's decision, which will now be announced by the end of the year instead of this week.

Three other names were floated by Trump, but Axios didn't have that information.

It was not immediately clear whether Trump had a new favorite for the post.

With Ayers out of the running, Trump is considering four candidates for the post, including Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney, the AP added.

"I will be departing at the end of the year but will work with the #MAGA team to advance the cause", he wrote on Twitter, in a reference to Trump's slogan, "Make America Great Again".

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