Trump says he's in 'no rush' for new top White House aide

Pauline Gross
December 14, 2018

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.

"Why wouldn't someone want one of the truly great and meaningful jobs in Washington?" Kelly was considered a steady presence in the White House early on in President Trump's administration, but his stormy tenure as Chief of Staff has been marked by controversy.

Ayers was reported to be the leading candidate to replace John Kelly as Trump's chief of staff when Kelly departs at the end of the month.

"Fake News has it purposely wrong", the president wrote on Twitter. Conway said Tuesday that Kelly would be staying on "at least" through January 2 - longer than the timeframe Trump had originally provided when he announced the departure news Saturday.

Trump later told reporters that he was in "no rush" to name a successor to Kelly and that he expected to announce a replacement in a week or two.

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Bossie, in an interview Tuesday with Fox News, did not deny interest in the job but said he didn't "foresee" Trump offering him the position. "Serving as Chief of Staff would be an incredible honor".

In July, Trump announced that he had asked Kelly to stay on the job through 2020. But Mr. Ayers took himself out of the running Sunday after he and the president couldn't agree on how long he would likely serve.

Others candidates include David Bossie, Trump's former deputy campaign manager, head of Citizens United and author of the book "Let Trump Be Trump".

Trump's administration has set records for staff turnover, and he has often struggled to attract experienced political professionals, a challenge that has grown more hard by the upcoming threat of costly Democratic oversight investigations and an uncertain political environment.

Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and a White House adviser, told Fox News on Monday night that hopefully Trump will "choose somebody he's got great chemistry with, great relationship with, who will help him navigate the next couple years". But his iron fist also alienated some longtime Trump allies, and over time he grew increasingly isolated.

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