Trump Confirms Departure Of John Kelly From White House

Nick Ayers right listens as Supreme Court Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch waits for the arrival of the casket for former President George H.W. Bush to lie in State at the Capitol on Capitol Hill in Washington.(Jabin

Trump's chief of staff: Nick Ayers not taking role, to leave White House at year's end

The official says that Trump and Ayers could not agree on Ayers' length of service.

Chris Christie is among the candidates who could serve as White House chief of staff, with one source calling him a "strong option" for the job.

Also on December 8, Trump announced Mark Milley will be the new head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, replacing Gen. Joseph Dunford, whose term ends next summer.

It is thought that Ayers, who has been seen as a potential candidate for office in Georgia, was reluctant to tie himself to Trump for what will be a hard final two years of his first term.

Trump's chief of staff: Nick Ayers not taking role, to leave White House at year's end
Trump Confirms Departure Of John Kelly From White House

Meanwhile, allies of Meadows, chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, worked behind the scenes to make the case for the North Carolina congressman.

Trump is on pace to break that record, as he looks for his third chief of staff in less than 24 months.

"3 Chiefs of Staffs in less than 3 years of being President", Trump tweeted back in 2012. "You can not govern effectively without empowering a White House chief to execute your agenda and tell you hard truths".

The 36-year-old was seen as Mr Trump's main choice to replace Gen John Kelly, who will depart by the year's end.

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

With Ayers out of the running, Trump was considering four candidates for the post, including Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney, according to a person familiar with the president's thinking.

Trump has yet to announce who will replace Kelly.

Meadows' name has been mentioned on a number of lists speculating who will fill the post vacated by Kelly, the retired Marine general and Department of Homeland Security secretary.

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On Sunday, the United States president said that a decision would be made soon. But tension between the two men and between Kelly and other top officials had grown in recent months.

Pence said on Twitter that Ayers "has done an outstanding job as my Chief of Staff and I will always be grateful for his friendship, dedication to the @VP team and his efforts to advance the @POTUS agenda". He did have a military background wanting discipline, order, control, a style that does not match with President Trump's, who has run a private business the way he wanted to do it for many, many years.

Matthew Whitaker's current roles as acting attorney general will wrap up as soon as the Republican-controlled Senate approves General William Barr, President Trump's nominee for attorney general, leaving Whitaker available to take the job in the White House.

Kushner delivered some conciliatory remarks on Kelly during an appearance with Fox News host Sean Hannity on Monday night, saying Kelly "has served this country for over forty years".

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Ayers had earned the backing of the president's influential daughter and son-in-law, White House advisers Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, but was viewed warily by other aides.

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