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

Chief of staff favorite says no

Chief of staff favorite says no

Rep. Matt Gaetz, Florida Republican and a member of the House Judiciary Committee, said Mr. Meadows also could help the White House fend off attacks by people such as former FBI Director James Comey, whom Mr. Gaetz believes will be working aggressively against Mr. Trump's reelection.

With "front-runners" backing out of the race and rumors of chaos ahead, it isn't clear who will take the job. Mr. Meadows is said to be on the president's short list of candidates.

While President Donald Trump and Nick Ayers were still in the middle of negotiations about him replacing John Kelly as chief of staff, Trump had already given Ayers a task.

Nick Ayers, chief of staff to the vice-president, will reportedly return to his home state of Georgia.

"Every Republican who works for Trump, who supports him, who defends him, who justifies him, who excuses him - all of them are responsible", Waldman notes.

Kelly replaced Reince Priebus in July 2017 with the mission of imposing order in the White House. Trump decided he wanted someone in the job for longer.

Others seen as possible choices for chief of staff include Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin; Trump's budget director, Mick Mulvaney; and the USA trade representative, Robert Lighthizer. However, according to a report from the Washington Post, the two don't want the job.

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Ayers and Trump had discussed the job for months.

'(Ayers's) unique qualification was that he had been doing the same job for the vice president, ' She said, adding 'those us us with young kids very well understand the personal decision he made'.

'A 36-year old turning down an offer to be White House Chief of Staff is about as a decisive a vote of no confidence as you can in our system, ' Benjamin tweeted.

But with the new year less than a month away and 2020 getting nearer on the horizon, Trump is likely looking to his re-election campaign in 2020 and making sure he has the right people in the right places.

"A fine-tuned machine, that's how President Trump often describes his administration, but we have seen major turnovers at senior levels, and it's always denied at first by the administration, but as of today, Trump's turnover stands at 62% - according to Brookings". Whitaker previously served as chief of staff for the Department of Justice.

"In Washington, where "former administration official" can be a ticket to lifelong employment and status, "former Trump administration official" or even "former Trump supporter" could well wind up being a scarlet letter", Waldman says. Meadows now chairs the House Freedom Caucus, making him the most conservative choice of those likely to run.

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