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Trump Claims Many ‘Great’ Chief Candidates After Top Choice Turns Him Down

Trump Claims Many ‘Great’ Chief Candidates After Top Choice Turns Him Down

But those plans were scrapped with Kelly's presumed replacement, vice presidential Chief of Staff Nick Ayers, posted on Twitter that he didn't want the job.

"Fake News has it purposely wrong". Kelly will remain in his job until at least January 2, Kellyanne Conway, a top aide to Trump, said on Fox News earlier Tuesday.

"We have a lot of great people for chief of staff", Trump told reporters at the White House. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) has been one of the few people openly vying for the job, though it's not clear how serious this proposition is.

Rick Santorum said Tuesday that his "answer right now would be no" if President Donald Trump were to offer him the role of White House chief of staff.

"There are people vying for it".

Cipollone, replacing outgoing White House Counsel Don McGahn, also will oversee the president's federal judicial nominees and ethics investigations into the administration - including a possible probe by House Democrats into the use of a private email service by both Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump.

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United States trade representative Robert Lighthizer, a potential contender, said he was "entirely focused" on his current position, and a source close to treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin made clear he is happy in his current post.

Still, Bossie took to Fox News on Tuesday morning to address his position on the list of contenders, calling it "humbling" as he coyly touted his qualifications for the post.

Of course, in the Trump White House, everything is up in the air - even after it's been announced.

Mr Ayers' announcement that he had made a decision to leave the White House surprised even senior staffers who believed his ascension to become Mr Trump's chief of staff was a done deal. The embarrassment comes at a pivotal time for Trump, as he prepares for re-election while facing an expected onslaught of investigations from Democrats who will take control of the House and amid the ongoing Russian Federation probe.

With Ayers no longer waiting in the wings, there is fear that Trump may not have someone in place in time for Kelly's departure or that he will pick the first person who comes to mind as he tries to counter perceptions that no one wants the position.