Trump considering 4 to be next chief of staff
- Author: Joey Payne Dec 12, 2018,
Dec 12, 2018, 23:57
Mr. Trump announced that Mr. Kelly will depart at the end of this month from the job he's held since July 2017. Picking Mnuchin would come with a price: another confirmation battle to replace him at Treasury while the Senate is already gearing up for a fight to confirm William Barr as the next attorney general.
Kelly will remain in the position until the new year.
Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) signaled his willingness to join the Trump administration as White House chief of staff. The president will choose whoever he thinks will do the kind of job he wants best and that is the political campaign.
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.
Some have even pointed to Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who was a one time USA attorney who may be useful if Trump finds himself in an impeachment fight.
The president does operate in this highly personalistic style and what we're hearing about Kelly's frustrations are identical to the frustrations that we're hearing from a number of other people who've left the administration like Rex Tillerson, who clashed with the president just in the past week over what it had been like for them to work together. He met with Ayers to discuss trade and other matters, one of the people said. He said he has his hands full, steering trade negotiations with China, which are on a tight, 90-day timeline.
Congressman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) is now representing the people of North Carolina's 11th district, but his name has jumped toward the top of Trump's likely choices. "I will be making a decision soon!" "I'm honored to be considered", he added. But some of the candidates whose names have been floated for the post say they're not interested. Whitaker previously served as chief of staff for the Department of Justice. 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. He is seen as someone likely to encourage Trump's more extreme views.
There was additionally a significant resistance contained in the West Wing to Ayers changing into the chief of workers, two sources with data of the scenario informed CNN.
Meadows was not accused of harassment. Mulvaney has been saying for nearly two months now that he would be more interested in becoming commerce or treasury secretary if that would be helpful to the president, the person said. Meadows was ordered to reimburse the U.S. Treasury more than $40,000.
"Javanka and Kelly are locked in a death match", a White House official told Axios in March, referring to a nickname for Kushner and Ivanka.
There were several people who were reported to be on the president's short list who seem to have taken their names out of the running.
The clumsy handling of the transition so far is coming into sharper focus.
Kelly is a former Marine Corps four-star general who was brought into what had been a turbulent White House under Trump, following the ouster of the president's previous chief of staff, Reince Priebus.