Trump Is Reportedly “Super Pissed” People Are Turning Down Chief Of Staff Role
John Kelly is on his way out and President Trump is struggling to find a qualified replacement willing to risk their reputation on his scandal-plagued presidency.
John Kelly, the President’s chief of staff, is set to be out by the end of the month, marking yet another departure in a Trump Cabinet already full of them. If White House rumors are to be believed, Kelly’s departure was a long time coming. When appointed, Kelly was widely seen as the premier “adult in the room,” someone who would keep Trump away from his worst impulses and keep the country afloat. As we’ve seen over the last year, that was not the case.
The challenge will now be finding a replacement, as it seems no one is keen on the job. Nick Ayers, chief of staff to VP Mike Pence, was seen as a favorite for the job, but he has refused and instead announced he would be leaving the White House entirely. Hard to blame him. Managing the West Wing is difficult enough; doing so for a president who is embroiled in corruption scandals, criminal investigations, and is constantly undermining government institutions makes it an impossible one.
CNN reported that President Trump feels humiliated and is “super pissed” about Ayers’ denial of the role.
House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and others in the Trump administration have also signaled they aren’t all that eager to accept the role.
NEW: A source close to Mulvaney tells me he is no longer interested in COS job, Mnuchin and Lighthizer sending out same signals…. list of potential replacements for Kelly shrinking by the hour.
— Nancy Cook (@nancook) December 10, 2018
Mark Meadows just told me that he has NOT spoken to Trump about the chief job yet. He also would not say he would take the job if offered, calling that talk “premature” and saying Trump has a “long list of people” and he is “one of many.”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) December 11, 2018
Regardless of how this pans out, President Trump is searching for his 3rd Chief of Staff in less than 2 years as president. There is always a tweet for everything.
President Trump has just announced Chief of Staff John Kelly will be resigning at the end of the year.
This means Trump will have his 3rd Chief of Staff as he enters his 3rd year in office.
— Rantt Media (@RanttMedia) December 8, 2018
Rantt Media Co-Founder Ahmed Baba contributed to this piece.
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