Ayers turns down chief of staff job offer from Trump

Ayers turns down chief of staff job offer from Trump

Ayers and Trump weren't able to agree on a plan for Ayers to stay in the job for two years as the president wanted, a White House official said Sunday.

Ayers, who is chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, was seen as the favorite for the job when Trump announced Saturday that Kelly would leave around year's end. "I will be departing at the end of the year but will work with the # MAGA team to advance the cause".

Mr Trump and Mr Ayers are working out specifics terms under which Mr Ayers would fill the role and the time commitment he will make, the official said.

The Wall Street Journal originally reported that Trump and Ayers could not reach agreement on Ayers' length of service and that he would instead assist the president from outside the administration.

It was not immediately clear whether Trump had a new favorite for the post. Mr. Ayers, the father of young triplets, was willing to serve only until the spring of 2019 for family reasons, an administration official said earlier.

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Ayers reportedly would not commit to signing on through 2020 to the president's irritation.

Trump announced Saturday that Kelly, 68, would leave the administration - the latest key personnel move at a time of mounting pressure from the Russian Federation election-meddling probe that comes amid increased focus on preparing for the 2020 elections.

The New York Times reported on Ayers' trepidation Saturday, while also naming Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, budget director Mick Mulvaney and USA trade rep Robert Lighthizer as possible candidates.

A person familiar with Trump's thinking tells The Associated Press that the director of the Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney, is among those under consideration to replace John Kelly. The President said on Saturday that Mr. Kelly would leave the post by year's end.

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