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Trump struggling to find replacement for his chief of staff John Kelly

14 December 2018, 01:01 | Tara Lloyd

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Trump's Chief of Staff post in the air after his top pick refuses to replace Kelly

With Ayers out of the running, Trump is 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. I appreciate serving with Representative Meadows in the House and hope I will have a chance to work with him in the administration in the near future. Trump has chosen William Barr to replace Jeff Sessions as attorney general.

Kelly is set to announce his departure to his staff on December 10, The New York Times reported.

Beyond the standard disorder that's to be expected in Trump's administration, there are upcoming troubles that would make the job of chief of staff even tougher.

One name that has arisen in conversation is his long-term adviser Marty Obst, who is still based in IN because he works in the private sector, but travels to Washington often and is frequently at the White House, according to the source.

He followed up with a swipe at his favorite target, the "Fake News Media", which he said has "gone totally out of its mind-truly the Enemy of the People!"

Kelly replaced Reince Priebus in July 2017 with the mission of imposing order in the White House. Mr Lighthizer is leading sensitive trade negotiations with China.

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Here's a list of where several of the candidates stand right now. "I'm honored to be considered", he added.

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows didn't outright say he wanted the job today on Capitol Hill, but that hasn't stopped others for campaigning for Meadows to get it.

"I appreciate his service very much", Trump said.

Allies of Meadows have broached the idea of him taking on the chief of staff role as a duo with Bossie acting as a second-in-command.

In addition to the stress of managing the White House and dealing with a divided Congress, the new chief of staff will face the legal challenges surrounding special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. He is seen as someone likely to encourage Trump's more extreme views.

Meadows was not accused of harassment.

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A source telling Reuters the two men were no longer on speaking terms.

The president is under pressure to act quickly. "We are a White House that people want to work with".

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.

In an interview on Breitbart News Sunday with Amanda House on SiriusXM 125 the Patriot Channel on Sunday evening, Gohmert endorsed Meadows for chief of staff as well.

As news broke Sunday night that Ayers would not take the position, prompting renewed attention on the tumult in the White House, Trump made no mention of his chief-of-staff search and instead sought to shift the focus to his administration's successes. But 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.

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