Several potential candidates have rejected the idea of occupying the post left by John Kelly, who only lasted five months in office.
he search of a new chief of staff in replacement of John Kelly seems complicated the President Donald Trump to press reports that some potential candidates have rejected the idea of taking office, which was once considered the most influential .
Trump announced last Saturday that Kelly will step down at the end of this year after having held the position since last July, promising to announce the name of his successor “in a day or two . “
Even before the announcement, press reports had pointed to Nick Ayers, current Chief of Staff of Vice President Mike Pence, as the strongest prospect to supply Kelly, in recognition of his performance and ability, but also for his closeness to the son-in-law of the president, Jared Kushner, and his daughter Ivanka.
However on Sunday it transpired that Ayers, barely 36 years old, declined to be considered due to his plans to leave shortly his current position to return with his family to his native Georgia, to preside over a Republican political action committee.
Just yesterday the names of new potential candidates emerged, led by Republican Congressman Mark Meadows, leader of the ultraconservative ‘Fracción Libertad’ in the lower house; Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin; and the head of the White House Budget Office, Mick Mulvaney.
However, the chain CNN reported Monday that Meadows , a Republican congressman from North Carolina, dismissed the idea of becoming the third head of government Cabinet Trump in just two years.
Nancy Cook, a reporter for the White House Politico newspaper , quoted a source close to Mulvaney as saying that the Republican ex-congressman for South Carolina is not interested in accepting what would be a promotion in his case.
The newspaper The New York Times said that given the critical juncture for Trump and his presidency, facing research independent prosecutor, the president “is in the position not used to not have a second obvious choice , ” after Ayers declined to be considered for the position.
For its part, the Bloomberg news network noted that “the White House now faces a potentially chaotic transition in a position of critical leadership with Ayers out of contention, despite months of early talks with the president.”
Kelly took office last July after Trump fired his first Cabinet Chief, Reince Priebus, a week after his first press officer, Sean Spicer, resigned from office in protest of the appointment of financier Anthony Scaramucci as chief of Communications of the White House.