Jared Kushner was reported on Thursday to lobby to be his father-in-law Donald Trump's chief of staff.
The first son-in-law, already an adviser to the president with an office next to the Oval Office, reported that the Huffington Post had pushed his own candidacy and was rewarded with a Wednesday meeting about the role.
He apparently claimed that he could work with Democrats – a claim that was ridiculed by one of the sources for the report, which said: "I do not know why he thinks that, when the Democrats will mostly come after Trump. & # 39;
The potential candidacy of Kushner arose shortly after the president claimed that he had five candidates who really wanted the job to fight it out.
Trump has not said who the five are, although he believes he is considering Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and Minister of Finance Steve Mnuchin for the powerful position.
& # 39; Five people. Really good. Great people. Most famous, but great people, "Trump told reporters Thursday.
The claim was greeted with skepticism in the wider Washington D.C. given the fact that Trump pushed John Kelly into place without a successor, after which he was rejected by his first choice.
President Trump claims that he reduced his shortlist for chief of staff to five & # 39; great people & # 39; who seemingly want the job he could not have filled – but it is Jared Kushner who lobbied for the job that started on Thursday
The Chief of Staff of the White House, John Kelly, attends a meeting Thursday with US President Donald Trump and governors elected in the White House cabinet room.
Kelly – seen at the door of the cabinet Thursday – wanted to leave at the end of the year, but will stay on vacation, the White House has since said
A statement by the White House on Wednesday said that Trump excluded the representative of North Carolina, Mark Meadows (left), from the position of the White House. He has not excluded Mick Mulvaney, the Office of Management and Budget director (right). The two men can be seen left and right respectively
As far as the apparent power game of Kushner is concerned, press officer Sarah Sanders of the White House claimed that he was blind to it, but seemed to suggest that it was a real possibility.
"I am not aware that he has been considered, but because I think we will all recognize here that he will be great in every role the president wants to give him," she said.
"He has done a great job on a number of fronts, whether it was trade or what we saw in the reform of the criminal justice system last week." But Trump told the only Republican who openly shows interest in the job in which he wants him to remain Congress yesterday afternoon.
A statement by the White House on Wednesday said that Trump Mark Meadows from North Carolina was closing for the position of the White House.
Congressman Mark Meadows is a good friend of President Trump and does an incredible amount of work in Congress. The president told him we need him in Congress so that he can continue the great work he is doing there, "said Secretary Sarah Sanders of the White House.
The announcement lets everyone guess who will select Trump to be his next chief of staff after he suddenly announced that the work would be available.
His plans were turned upside down when Trump's first choice of position, Nick Ayes, unexpectedly lowered the president's proposition.
The White House then said that Kelly at least & # 39; January & # 39; would continue to lead the West Wing, while the president will take his search for a replacement.
Politico reported Monday that Meadows, a prominent pro-Trump republican congressman, was interested in the performance that no one else seems to want.
& # 39; Serving as Chief of Staff would be an incredible honor. The president has a long list of qualified candidates and I know he will make the best selection for his administration and for the country, "he told the publication.
The White House told the publication on Wednesday that the president asked the congressman that in November he had a double digit victory to maintain his position in the House. Meadows is the House Freedom Caucus chairman.
The president said Tuesday that more than 10 people are fighting for the head of the staff, but none seems to be in the lead and it is unclear how much one of them actually wants to do.
& # 39; We are in no hurry. Over a period of a week or two or maybe less we will announce who it will be, but we have a lot of people who want to have the position, & # 39; said Trump in an Oval Office meeting with Democratic leaders on Tuesday morning that Kelly is present used to be .
He said: & # 39; Many friends of mine want it. Many people who know Chuck and Nancy very well, want it, I think people like you, "said Trump, speaking the post. & # 39; We have many people who want the job of Chief of Staff. So we will see what happens. We are in no hurry. & # 39;
Kellyanne Conway told journalists this week that Kelly's head of staff & # 39; at least & # 39; will remain at the beginning of the year
The reason, Trump said: & # 39; Because we have a great chief of staff here. & # 39;
Trump confirmed that President Kellyanne Conway's advisor appeared on Fox & Friends Tuesday morning – a few days after the White House said Kelly's office was almost over.
& # 39; He will stay at work at least January 2 and I think there will be a very peaceful and pragmatic transition to the next Chief of Staff, & # 39; said Conway. & # 39; But the president has many people who want to serve here. & # 39;
Later in the day the president signed a bill in the Oval Office where Mulvaney and Meadows were part of. The two men who allegedly struggle for the same job, who worked closely together in Congress, stood side by side while the president spoke.
By Wednesday afternoon the White House had announced that Meadows could not run any more.
The public unraveling of Trump's search is now already spotting among the Democrats.
Nick Ayers (L), Chief of Staff with Vice President Mike Pence, announced that he is leaving the White House instead of following the White House Chief of Staff, John Kelly.
CONCENTRORS FOR TRUMP LEADERSHIP WHO ARE NOT CONNECTED WITH HIM
Steven Mnuchin: Treasury secretary who had a previous relationship with Trump when they were both businessmen in New York; Trump attended his wedding
Mick Mulvaney: A former member of the House who joined the administration of Trump to lead the budget office; he has pushed the president to the right for tax purposes
Robert Lighthizer: Like the American Trade Rep. Lighthizer Trump has pushed to talk loudly about trade, especially in recent negotiations with China
Matt Whitaker: Trump called him Acting Attorney General after Jeff Session left the highest job at Justice and would be fine with him
Chris Christie: The former governor of New Jersey has his name controversial because of a number of administrative duties, including Attorney General
David Bossie: He is the president of Citizens & # 39; United and wrote with Corey Lewandowski a book about working on the Trump campaign
Ayers & # 39; astonished some White House assistants, who thought he was a virtual shoo-in for the job.
A source told DailyMail.com prior to Ayers' announcement that Trump had made no secret of his intention to give him the appointment.
But Ayers said no, because he told the world in tweet that he would leave the administration altogether. He has young children and he and his wife would like to return to his home state of Georgia.
Without a plan B, Trump should now try to attract top talent at a time when his government is confronted with a still active Russian probe, after court filings that involve him for the first time in criminal crimes.
Bloomberg reports that Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker is reportedly being considered, as is the former governor of New Jersey Chris Christie and David Bossie, Trump's former deputy campaign manager.
Whitaker served as Chief of Staff at AG Jeff Sessions before he was forced. His designation by Trump has elicited protests from Democrats who noted his earlier criticism of the Mueller's probe, as well as his role in the board of an inventive promotion company that paid a settlement fine of $ 25 million.
New York Yankees President Randy Levine was named as a wild card pick, but told Fox News: "I did not talk to anyone about the job of the chief of staff. I have a lot of respect for the president, but I am very happy to be president of the Yankees. & # 39;
Lighthizer and Mnuchin have each indicated that they are happy in their current roles.