Unable to Find Fit for Chief of Staff, Trump Considers Family Member, Jared Kushner
It has seemingly been quite a task for the president as he seeks to find a replacement for his second chief of staff, John Kelly. Kelly, who is leaving at the end of this year, has reportedly been an integral part of making sure structure remains in the White House. With Kelly gone and Trump’s first choice to replace him, Nick Ayers, turning down the job, the president appears to be looking within his own family for help.
According to multiple sources speaking on the condition of anonymity to Huffington Post on Wednesday, Mr. Trump met with his son-in-law and current senior advisor, Jared Kushner, about potentially taking on the job as his new chief of staff. Mr. Trump has also recently met with his current Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and former GOP Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich about filling the soon-to-be-vacant position.
Kushner has reportedly been talking up his qualifications for the job to the President, expressing that he believes that he would be able to work with Democrats whereas others can’t.
“I don’t know why he thinks that, when the Democrats are mainly going to be coming after Trump,” one source told Huffington Post.
Yesterday the president told reporters that he’s close to making a decision and has narrowed his list down to just five individuals. It is not known when the announcement will come for Kelly’s replacement, but the unofficial last day for Kelly is December 31.
It is important to note that anti-nepotism laws forbid the president from hiring family members for government positions. Mr. Trump may be able to try and get around these laws by not paying Kushner a salary, should he be brought on. The president has already skirted these laws by bringing both Kushner and his own daughter, Ivanka Trump on as advisors,
Whoever it is that Trump chooses, they will almost certainly have their hands full going into the new year as the Democrats regain control of the House on January 3rd. Democrats are expected to open multiple investigations into the White House and those associated with it.