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

Nick Ayers and Donald Trump

Ayers announced his departure nearly in tandem with Trump announcing that his chief of staff, John Kelly, will be leaving by the end of the year.

That announcement closed out Kelly's rocky tenure and ushered in a second straight messy chief-of-staff handover for the president, for whom the next pick will be the third to take on the daunting job in less than three years.

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Meadows has been playing a leading role among House Republicans, recently penning a confidential memo to his colleagues about how to counter Democratic subpoenas and impeachment talk when they take over as the majority party next month. Some whose names were floated for the position say they're not interested in running Trump's White House.

Any vacuum in the White House's top management job risks encouraging the return of internal strife.

Despite numerous reports of a rift between the Trumps and Kelly, Kushner praised Kelly during an interview with Fox News on Monday night.

Although Trump alluded to an ongoing search for the new chief of staff, he had already had a memo drafted for Ayers's appointment, according to the New York Times.

However, Trump's anger seems to be limited because Ayers will leave his position as Pence's chief of staff at the end of the year to run the super PAC set up to assist the President's re-election campaign.

The new chief of staff tamped down the infighting that broke out nearly from the day Mr Trump took office.

'(Ayers's) unique qualification was that he had been doing the same job for the vice president, ' She said, adding 'those us us with young kids very well understand the personal decision he made'.

A person familiar with Trumps' thinking tells The Associated Press that among the four people being considered by Trump are the White House budget chief, Mick Mulvaney, and a Republican congressman from North Carolina, Mark Meadows. These people, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive personnel matters. Mulvaney has been saying for nearly two months now that he would be more interested in becoming commerce or treasury secretary if that would be helpful to the president, the person said. But Trump unceremoniously announced the departure of the retired Marine general on Saturday before boarding his helicopter for the Army-Navy football game. Trump was reportedly angry that Kelly tried to force him to promote Deputy Chief of Staff Zachary Fuentes to become interim chief of staff. Mr Meadows is a key White House ally in Congress. Mr Whitaker is supervising Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

"Serving as Chief of Staff would be an incredible honor", Meadows said.

Whipple noted that James Baker, who served as chief of staff to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, called it the worst job in government.

Mr Pence said on Twitter that Mr 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".

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