Published: Thu, December 13, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump denies that few want chief of staff job

Trump denies that few want chief of staff job

"We just brought in a new White House Counsel today who just started, who is going to be fabulous", Kushner said, referring to Pat Cipollone, who is taking over as the Trump administration's top lawyer as multiple reports and indications suggest Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe is winding down.

"Many more than ten, fighting for the post of head of the White house".

The search for President Donald Trump's next apprentice White House chief of staff continues after twice-failed GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum turned down the prospect live on CNN.

RBC-Ukraine later reported that Nick Ayers will take the post of chief of staff of the White house instead of John Kelly. Kelly will remain in his job until at least January 2, Kellyanne Conway, a top aide to Trump, said on Fox News earlier Tuesday. 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.

"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.

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Indeed, even senior White House aides were stunned by Ayers' decision, leaving Trump, who had no backups lined up, scrambling to find a replacement.

On Tuesday morning, he said he had not spoken to Trump in the last 48 hours and said he had "no update" on his status.

As quickly as names were being floated, candidates appeared to be pulling out of consideration, underscoring the challenges of working for a mercurial president who has acknowledged that he likes to surround himself with chaos and despises any suggestion he is being managed.

Trump's Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, a former congressman, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, are also in the running, as is top advisor Kellyanne Conway.

With Ayers no longer waiting in the wings, there is fear that Trump may not have someone in place in time for Kelly's departure or that he will pick the first person who comes to mind as he tries to counter perceptions that no one wants the position.

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