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Rep. Mark Meadows Under Consideration for Trump Chief of Staff

10 December 2018

Along with Mulvaney, others mentioned for chief of staff portfolio include Rep. Mark Meadows, R. -N.C., head of the House Freedom Caucus, and Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin.

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.

Ayers, Axios reported, will run Trump's outside group, America First, after leaving the administration.

Trump is reportedly set to decide on a replacement by the end of the year, which corresponds to Kelly's scheduled departure.

Nick Ayers, who was widely speculated to be the next White House chief of staff, will not be stepping into John Kelly's role, ABC News has confirmed. "I'll be announcing that over the next day or two", Trump told reporters December 8, while on his way to see the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia, adding that Kelly is "a great guy".

"I will be departing at the end of the year but will work with the #MAGA team to advance the cause", Ayers wrote on Twitter.

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President Donald Trump is considering four people as he determines who will be his next chief of staff.

Officials said Trump and Ayers could not agree on his length of service.

Trump says in a tweet that he'll be making a decision "soon".

In a November interview with Fox News, Trump said he and Kelly "get along well", but didn't promise that he would remain in his current position through 2020, as he had said in July. The official was not authorized to discuss the personnel issue by name and 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.

He would have replaced John Kelly who will leave by the end of the year amid an expected West Wing reshuffle reflecting a focus on the 2020 re-election campaign and the challenge of governing with Democrats reclaiming control of the House. Trump pushed Ayers to commit to two years on the job, but he declined.

Rep. Mark Meadows Under Consideration for Trump Chief of Staff