President’s and Vice President’s Chiefs of Staff to Depart by Year’s End

Chief of Staff to the Vice President Nick Ayers and Vice President Mike Pence arrive in Washington on Dec. 5 2017

White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin have been rumored as candidates for the job, other news outlets have reported.

While President Donald Trump and Nick Ayers were still in the middle of negotiations about him replacing John Kelly as chief of staff, Trump had already given Ayers a task. Sources said Ayers offered to serve as interim chief of staff, but Mr. Trump wanted him to commit to serving for least two years, which Ayers declined.

"I will be departing at the end of the year but will work with the #MAGA team to advance the cause", he wrote on Twitter, in a reference to Trump's slogan, "Make America Great Again". On Sunday, however, Ayers announced that he, too, will be leaving the administration at the end of the year.

Ayers had allegedly been in talks for months to take the job, but was unable to agree on terms with Trump, according to Reuters news agency.

The new list of potential candidates hasn't been inspiring, and several of the officials who have been linked to the position have rebuffed the suggestion that they might be interested.

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and Trump's former deputy campaign manager David Bossie were also among the names being floated by some close to the White House Sunday.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly in the East Room of the White House
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly in the East Room of the White House

One named that surfaced on Monday was Berman, according to a person familiar with the ongoing process. Mark Meadows, the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, his next chief of staff.

"3 Chiefs of Staffs in less than 3 years of being President", Trump tweeted back in 2012. Trump said Saturday that he expected to announce a replacement for Kelly in a day or two. And his almost six years as a congressman - including on the House Oversight Committee - could be helpful to a president investigated by the new House Democratic majority next year.

Because of the apparent turbulence in the line-up of chief of staff picks, many have joked that Trump wants to be his own chief of staff. They also need to look the part, as Trump typically wants someone from "central casting" who commands respect.

Trump announced on December 7 that State Department spokesperson and undersecretary Heather Nauert will be taking over as USA ambassador to the United Nations from Nikki Haley, who announced her resignation in October.

It's not clear what Kelly will be doing after he leaves the White House. Ayers will instead be moving to Georgia to work with a Republican super PAC.

Replacing Kelly With Ayers out of the running, it is unclear who will take over the top administrative post in the West Wing at a time Trump has been weakened by Democrats winning control of the House of Representatives in congressional elections last month.

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