In the last dramatic turn in the debacle that takes place during the filling of one of the most powerful positions in the nation, the White House now says that General John Kelly will stay at least at the beginning of the year as Chief of Staff & # 39; 39 ;.
President Donald Trump told reporters that he was not in a hurry & # 39; to fill the spot after his planned follow-up was blown up during the weekend.
& # 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 many people who want to have the position, "Trump said in an Oval Office meeting with Democratic leaders who included Kelly.
& # 39; Many friends 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;
"We are in no hurry", said President Donald Trump about his search for a new chief of staff after the plan to get a successor in place for John Kelly blew up.
The reason, Trump said, was: & # 39; Because we have a great chief of staff here. & # 39;
Trump's words confirmed that counsel for President Kellyanne Conway appeared on Fox & Friends Tuesday morning – a few days after the White House said Kelly's term of office had almost come to an end.
& # 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;
Kelly was deported to leave by the end of the year. That was before the president's first choice for the job, Nick Ayers, rejected his position. Now the White House admits that the search for a successor can take weeks, since the president is starting his list of replacements almost all over again.
The White House now says that at the beginning of the year, John Kelly at least & # 39; will remain as chief of staff
The public unraveling of Trump's search is now already spotting among the Democrats.
& # 39; Help wanted: chief of staff of the White House. No experience needed. Must respond well to mutual struggle, pursuit, dishonesty and dishonor, & joked Rep. Adam Schiff from California, who will take over the House Intelligence Committee.
& # 39; Excited by the prospect of an impossible working environment? Enjoy humiliation? Apply now! * Background control … negotiable, "he said, one more time digging into the series of problems to get White House officials to clear their background checks.
President Donald Trump defended the state of his search for a chief of staff after he was rejected by his leading candidate after announcing the departure of General John Kelly.
Nick Ayers, the 36-year-old prodigy who is Vice President Mike Pence's Chief of Staff, revealed Sunday that he would not take the job. This followed internal discussions in which Trump wanted a two-year commitment and would continue to sign Ayers for only a few months to help strengthen Trump's tumultuous White House.
& # 39; Fake News has done it deliberately wrong. Many, over ten, vie for and want the Chief of Staff of the White House, "the president wrote Tuesday on Twitter.
Why would not someone want to have one of the truly amazing and meaningful jobs in Washington? Report the news correctly. Thank you! & # 39; he added in a defense of his ability to attract top talent.
President Trump would not have a second choice for his chief of staff. He tweeted Tuesday that many & # 39; rival and want the position of Chief of Staff of the White House & # 39;
His problems with hiring a replacement comes after reports of another messy staff departure in the case of Kelly. CNN reported last week that the two men were not talking to each other because it became clear that Kelly would not be the last.
Trump has removed numerous other assistants by announcing their departure on Twitter.
Ayers & # 39; astonished some White House assistants, who thought he was a virtual shoo-in for the job.
President Trump defended his search for personnel and said that & # 39; more than ten & # 39; people were interested to serve as his chief of staff, often regarded as one of the most powerful positions in the country
Trump would consider former New Jersey Gov Chris Christie (left) and US sales representative Robert Lighthizer (right).
Nick Ayers (left) turned himself off for the position of chief of staff but Rep. Mark Meadows (right) said he was interested after a report that he did not want the show
Reince Priebus (left) served as Trump's first chief of staff and was followed by John Kelly (right)
Minister of Finance Steven Mnuchin (left) and Director of Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney (right) would consider the job of the chief of staff
Now a whole series of names are being transferred, from Chris Christine from New Jersey to budget chef Mick Mulvaney and GOP Rep. Mark Meadows from North Carolina.
The president's tweet followed a series of reports about the fight to fill one of the nation's plum courts. The position of Chief of Staff is sometimes regarded as the second most powerful role in the country, depending on how a White House is structured.
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.
Nick Ayers (L), Chief of Staff with Vice President Mike Pence, announced that he is leaving the White House instead of the Chief of Staff of the White House, John Kelly
In an article in the New York Times Tuesday, Chris Whipple quoted, writing a book about Chiefs of Staff and wondering why anyone would even want this job.
Why would someone want to be Donald Trump's staff unless you want to steal the office supplies before they close the case? & # 39; he joked. & # 39; When you start that job, you have to call in a lawyer, & # 39; he added.
Candidates for Trump's chief of staff
Mark Meadows: A four-term congressman from North Carolina and the chairman of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus. Meadows, a top taster of Trump on Capitol Hill, is one of his most fervent supporters in research on Russia
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
Several of the people whose names were handed in on Monday indicated that they were not interested. Meadows, after first having said that he was not, changed his tune. & # 39; & # 39; Serving as a 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, "Meadows said in a statement.
Others considered include Finance Minister Steven Mnuchin, Director of Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney, and the United States sales representative, Robert Lighthizer.
Bloomberg reports that acting attorney general Matt Whitaker is said to be under consideration, 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.