Published: Mon, December 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Mike Pence aide won’t be named Donald Trump’s next chief of staff

Mike Pence aide won’t be named Donald Trump’s next chief of staff

President Donald Trump's top pick to replace chief of staff John Kelly, Nick Ayers, apparently took himself out of the running for the job Sunday.

There are also reports Ayers will be leaving to help lead a pro-Trump Super PAC.

In a tweet, Mr Ayers confirmed his exit from the White House.

A White House official tells the AP that Trump and Ayers could not reach agreement on Ayers' length of service.

Trump was reported to want a chief of staff - his third, after former Republican National Commitee chair Reince Priebus and Kelly, a retired Marines Corps general - in place through to the 2020 election. Ayers backing out will slightly delay Mr. Trump's decision, which will now be announced by the end of the year instead of this week. He offered to become chief of staff temporarily, but Trump insisted on a two-year commitment.

Ayers, who is now Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, will instead leave the administration and take a job at a pro-Trump super PAC. Ayers, who has young triplets, had long planned to leave the administration at the end of the year, and reportedly discussed taking the job on an interim basis only through next spring.

Ayer's refusal adds to uncertainty at the White House, as the 36-year-old prepares to leave the administration leaving it unclear who will take over John Kelly. Trump said he would name a replacement "over the next day or two".

Trump announced Saturday that Kelly would be departing the White House around the end of the year.

Even the best counsel will matter little unless Mr Trump trusts his new chief of staff and will listen to frank advice, Mr Panetta said.

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