Nick Ayers won't be Trump's chief of staff

Trump's chief of staff: Nick Ayers not taking role, to leave White House at year's end

Nick Ayers, Trump's likely pick for chief of staff, won't take the job

Wanted: Top aide to most powerful leader in world.

He must also contend with Democrats who will take over the House next moth and who have promised tougher oversight - and may even pursue impeachment. Must also be prepared to tolerate regular undermining by boss and risk of steep legal bills.

Nick Ayers, now the chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence, was considered the frontrunner to replace outgoing Chief John Kelly, but he took himself out of the running last week. We'll be announcing who will be taking John's place. And allies are pitching Trump on even more contenders.

"Serving as Chief of Staff would be an incredible honor", Meadows said. "It's 24/7. It's thankless". "And these are not the best of times".

Just last month, Meadows was rebuked by the House Ethics Committee, which said he had failed "to take prompt and decisive action to deal with the alleged sexual harassment" by a former chief of staff.

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney is no longer interested in the job, said a source close to him, adding that he would prefer to serve at the Department of Commerce or Treasury "if that's where the president needed him".

Ayers and Trump had discussed the job for months, making the breakdown Sunday all the more surprising.

It was not immediately clear whether Trump had a new favorite for the post. John Kelly, the retired Marine general who attempted to instill military discipline around Trump, is expected to leave by the end of the year.

Once thought to be the president's top choice, vice presidential chief of staff Nick Ayers tweeted Sunday that he's no longer in the running for the position.

However, Trump's anger seems to be limited because Ayers will leave his position as Pence's chief of staff at the end of the year to run the super PAC set up to assist the President's re-election campaign.

Trump pushed Ayers to decide to two years.

He predicted Ayers would budge on his demand to be chief of staff on an interim basis, with a set departure date of this spring, and was not prepared with a second option.

Trump was stung by Ayers' decision to back out, according to people close to him.

Democrats take over control of the House of Representatives in January, and USA prosecutors are intensifying their probe into potential collusion between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation. Mr Trump increasingly bypassed Kelly to talk to old friends and outside advisers, tweet or make tactical moves against his chief of staff's advice. That's a necessary feature in a general, it's a fatal flaw in a chief of staff.

It is unclear who has been interviewed by Trump, but sources told Reuters Trump would make an announcement before the end of the year.

As news broke Sunday night that Ayers would not take the position, prompting renewed attention on the tumult in the White House, Trump made no mention of his chief-of-staff search and instead sought to shift the focus to his administration's successes. The Republicans spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly about private conversations.

Trump is on pace to break that record, as he looks for his third chief of staff in less than 24 months.

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