Nick Ayres respectfully turns down Chief of Staff job

Ayers not taking job as White Home chief of employees

A White House official said Trump and Ayers could not reach agreement on Ayers' length of service.

While Trump didn't name any candidates publicly, press reports have identified several possibilities, including White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, and Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C.

Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, was offered the job but declined on Sunday, citing his decision to return to his home state of Georgia with his wife and children. "I will be departing at the end of the year but will work with the # MAGA team to advance the cause".

Meadows said yesterday that serving as the president's chief of staff "would be an incredible honour", suggesting he is eager to take up the role.

Citing an an administration official with direct knowledge of the negotiations, The Washington Post reported Mr Ayers was reluctant to take the job because of challenges faced by Mr Kelly and his predecessor, Reince Priebus, while in the position.

His methods were sometimes unpopular; some White House officials likened Ivanka and Kushner's feud with Kelly to a "death match".

"3 Chiefs of Staffs in less than 3 years of being President", Trump tweeted back in 2012. If we talk about Kelly, he's a 68-year-old general, he's a military man and there's always been a lot of infighting in the White House.

Democrats take over control of the House of Representatives in January, and USA prosecutors are intensifying their probe into potential collusion between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

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.

Because of the apparent turbulence in the line-up of chief of staff picks, many have joked that Trump wants to be his own chief of staff.

Recognizing Trump's desperation and the lack of viable candidates, Colbert announced that he would officially throw himself in the running to be Kelly's successor.

Allies of Meadows have broached the idea of him taking on the chief of staff role as a duo with Bossie acting as a second-in-command.

"Removal by impeachment would muddy that", he said, warning that die-hard Trump supporters - who still make up nearly a third of the electorate - might see themselves as victims of a "coup".

But then Ayers pulled the rug out from under Trump, According to Sherman, he insisted that, even after he had agreed to take Kelly's job, he would only stay in it for a few months, which was unacceptable to Trump.

Mark Meadows, a North Carolina Republican who heads the hard-right Freedom Caucus in the House of Representatives, showed more interest.

There was also a significant resistance inside the West Wing to Ayers becoming chief of staff, two sources with knowledge of the situation told CNN.

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