Pence aide out of running to be Trump's next chief of staff

Ayers may not have ‘gravitas’ to be Trump's new chief of staff

Ayers may not have ‘gravitas’ to be Trump's new chief of staff

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

With Mr. Ayers out of the running, it is unclear who will take over the top administrative post in the West Wing at a time Mr. Trump has been weakened by Democrats winning control of the House of Representatives in congressional elections last month.

Ayers had told the president that he would do the job on an interim basis, through the spring.

Sources told Reuters Mr Ayers would join a political action committee, assisting the President from outside the administration.

A person familiar with Trump's thinking tells The Associated Press that the president is considering the director of the Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney, and a Republican congressman from North Carolina, Mark Meadows, who is chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.

Trump said Saturday that he expected to announce a replacement for Kelly in a day or two. Reports also suggest that Ayers could not agree to Trump's demand to stay for two years.

-David Bossie, Trump's former deputy campaign manager. However, the wave of infighting that has plagued the Trump White House has finally brought an end to Kelly's term. He was the vice president's chief of staff.

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Thought to be the president's top choice, vice presidential chief of staff Nick Ayers tweeted Sunday that he's no longer in the running for the position.

Even senior White House officials were caught off guard Sunday, most having believed the Ayers move was a done deal.

But Mulvaney was not interested in becoming chief of staff, according to a person close to him who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Ayers had emerged as a frontrunner to replace Kelly and was reported to have had months of discussions with the president, including recent travel on Air Force One.

Mr Kelly won credit for imposing some degree of order on the White House but he struggled with Mr Trump's habit of throwing the focus off-course with rogue tweets and personal attacks, including against members of his own administration and party. However, he also alienated some longtime Trump allies, and over time he grew increasingly isolated, with an increasingly diminished role.

Ayers will instead be moving to Georgia to work with a Republican super PAC.

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