President Donald Trump had announced on Friday that John Kelly – his chief of staff would be leaving by the end of this year. There were rumors that John would be replaced by Nick Ayers until he turned down the role on Monday.
The chief of staff role is quite tough and while the White House is engulfed in a scandal in the sights of special counsel Robert Mueller, the new West Wing enforcer would be facing one of the toughest missions ever.
Trump is currently facing unexpected predicament as he tries to recruit someone for one of the toughest job titles ever. So far two people have held this role and it has left them no farther from when they started and while they try to control the president and the administration they left with their reputations tarnished.
There were three candidates that were spoken about: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and U.S. Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer but all three have stated that they were not interested in the position.
“It is not something I have been campaigning for,” Meadows told reporters Monday on Capitol Hill, adding that his phone “blew up” after the Ayers news broke. “The president has a good list of candidates. I’m honored to be one of those.”
Trump is casting about in as many corners as possible and in addition to Meadows and Whitaker, are David N. Bossie, Trump’s former deputy campaign manager and an outside adviser; White House counselor Kellyanne Conway; Chris Christie, a former New Jersey governor and former Trump transition chairman; Energy Secretary Rick Perry, a former Texas governor; Rick Santorum, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania; and Wayne Berman, an executive at the investment firm Blackstone and a veteran Republican operative.
“Trump has to find someone strong enough to execute his ever-evolving plan, tolerate his abrasive, knee-jerk management style and do it in the face of a hostile media and a soon-to-be-Democratic House,” Dan Eberhart, a Republican donor and oil executive said.
“I am in the process of interviewing some really great people for the position of White House Chief of Staff,” the president said Monday on Twitter. “Fake News has been saying with certainty it was Nick Ayers, a spectacular person who will always be with our #MAGA agenda. I will be making a decision soon!”
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