After Nick Ayers surprisingly turned down Trump’s offer to make him his Chief of Staff, the president appears to be having some trouble settling on a replacement for John Kelly. Kelly, who is expected to leave around the end of this year, has been an important part of the president’s daily structure.
With Kelly out, many political pundits, particularly those on the left, worry about what a new, less structured individual in the position may lead to.
After Ayer’s refusal to take the job, Trump was reportedly considering GOP Rep, Mark Meadows to fill the position but now appears to have shied away from that idea, believing that his value as an ally in Congress is more valuable. Trump also reportedly didn’t want to have to deal with yet another special election to replace Meadows, one which could very well have been lost.
Yesterday, however, two new names have been floated among the president and his closest advisers in the White House. According to the Washington Post, Trump is now considering both his current acting attorney General, Matthew Whitaker, as well as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. According to White House Correspondent Andrew Feinberg, Gingrich is currently topping the president’s short list, but no decision has yet been made.
Shortly after the election Mr. Gingrich was thought to be headed to the White House for a cabinet position, with many political pundits expecting him to get a position as the Secretary of State, but none of that ever materialized.
With only a couple weeks remaining in Kelly’s tenure as Chief of Staff, the president appears be feeling quite a bit of pressure to name his successor.