President Donald Trump is floating the idea of naming Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, as his new Chief of Staff.
Citing three sources close to the president, Axios reported on Sunday evening that President Trump has been asking people privately who they think he should name to replace John Kelly. He has additionally been asking those close to him what they think of Meadows.
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“Trump has asked confidants what they think about the idea of installing Rep. Mark Meadows, the chairman of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus, as John Kelly’s permanent replacement, according to these three sources. Trump has also mentioned three other candidates besides Meadows, according to a source with direct knowledge. I don’t yet have their names,” Axios reported.
Nick Ayers was previously believed to have been the favorite for the position, but on Sunday it was announced that he was out of the running as he could not commit to the job for two years. Instead, he is expected to run the pro-Trump super PAC America First.
“Thank you @realDonaldTrump, @VP, and my great colleagues for the honor to serve our Nation at The White House,” Ayers Tweeted. “I will be departing at the end of the year but will work with the #MAGA team to advance the cause.”