President Donald Trump said he is in the process of interviewing some really great people for the position of White House Chief of Staff after Nick Ayers, who was seen as the favorite to replace John Kelly as White House chief of staff, took himself out of the running for the job on Sunday.
Trump is considering at least four people for the position, including Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney who is not interested in the job according to a close person and Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., the chair of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.
Also among the candidates were Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, who said in a CBS interview that he hadn’t spoken to anyone at the White House about the job and was “entirely focused” on his position. A person familiar with Mnuchin’s thinking said he, too, was happy with his work at Treasury and had not sought the job of chief of staff.
Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and Trump’s former deputy campaign manager, David Bossie, were also among the names being floated by some close to the White House.