The White House on Tuesday denied claims that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie discussed the chief of staff job with President Donald Trump during a Tuesday lunch, the New York Post reports.
The Post quoted one source close to Christie as saying that possible positions in the administration were discussed when the governor and his wife met with Trump.
"I heard it was about chief of staff," the person told the Post.
But White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told the paper that the conversation focused on fighting opioid abuse, which is a top concern of Christie's.
"They talked about combating drugs briefly," Spicer said, adding that Christie, who ran in the GOP primary against Trump but did not secure a job in his administration, has said he intends to finish out his current term, which won't be up for a year and a half.
"So we’re not discussing one month in what we intend to do in a year and a half, Spicer sad. "Let's get there first."
The Trump-Christie meeting comes just one day after the president requested the resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn and after a weekend of speculation about the future of Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.
Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy on Sunday told CNN that Priebus is in "way over his head," but noted after talking to Priebus and other members of Trump's staff that the president has "full confidence" in Priebus and has no intention of replacing him.
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