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Pence Chief of Staff Ayers Won't Replace Kelly

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By    |   Sunday, 09 December 2018 04:30 PM

Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff has been ruled out as the new White House chief of staff as he and President Donald Trump can’t seem to agree on a time frame for the job following John Kelly’s exit, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday, citing sources familiar with the matter.

The 36-year-old will instead work for the super PAC supporting the president.

According to the Journal, Ayers is committed to returning to Georgia with his family at the end of 2018 – he is the father of three 6-year-old triplets – and did not want to commit to two additional years of service.

Ayers was only willing to commit to an interim term through the spring, per The New York Times and NBC News. He announced the news on Twitter Sunday

"Thank you @realDonaldTrump, @VP, and my great colleagues for the honor to serve our Nation at The White House," Ayers wrote. "I will be departing at the end of the year but will work with the #MAGA team to advance the cause."

Kelly, a four-star marine general, will leave his post by the end of the year.

Ayers was Trump’s top pick to replace Kelly, and the two held discussions for months about the position, according to a White House official.

Axios reported Sunday that Trump is considering conservative House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, while Reuters reported Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is on the short list to fill the position.

Trump is said to be reshuffling the West Wing to focus on his 2020 re-election campaign. Ayers, who has served as chief of staff for Pence for the last 17 months, has made his name off his political consulting.

His meteoric rise in GOP politics included a successful stint at the Republican Governors Association, time as campaign manager for former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's failed White House bid and consultant work for dozens of high-profile Republicans, including Pence.

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Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff has been ruled out as the new White House chief of staff as he and President Donald Trump can't seem to agree on a time frame for the job following John Kelly's exit, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday, citing sources familiar...
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