Ayers Alternates: Names Floated In The Mad Dash To Get A New Chief Of Staff

Amir Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah of Kuwait (L) and U.S. President Donald Trump take questions from reporters during a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House September 7, 2017 in Washington, DC. Following meetings and a working luncheon, the two leaders talked about their ongoing military cooperation and ongoing tensions in the Middle East.
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After Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, Nick Ayers, unexpectedly turned down the job, the Trump administration has been scrambling to find a suitable replacement for White House chief of staff John Kelly.

According to Washington Post and New York Times reports, here’s the list they’re working with.

  • Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC)
  • Acting attorney general Matt Whitaker
  • Former deputy Trump campaign manager David Bossie
  • White House counselor Kellyanne Conway
  • Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
  • Energy Secretary Rick Perry
  • Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum
  • Blackstone executive Wayne Berman

Some others who were considered, including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, have expressed no interest in taking the punishing job.

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