Nick Ayers, Vice-President Pence’s Chief of Staff and the expected next Chief of Staff for President Trump, has denied that he will accept the appointment. Fox News reports:
Vice President Pence’s chief of staff, Nick Ayers, who was considered a front-runner to replace John Kelly as White House chief of staff, announced Sunday: “I will be departing at the end of the year.”
Ayers revealed the news in a tweet. Its full text read: “Thank you @realDonaldTrump, @VP, and my great colleagues for the honor to serve our Nation at The White House. I will be departing at the end of the year but will work with the #MAGA team to advance the cause. #Georgia”
Thank you @realDonaldTrump, @VP, and my great colleagues for the honor to serve our Nation at The White House. I will be departing at the end of the year but will work with the #MAGA team to advance the cause. 🇺🇸 #Georgia
— Nick Ayers (@nick_ayers) December 9, 2018
The Wall Street Journal originally reported that Trump and Ayers could not reach agreement on Ayers’ length of service and that he would instead assist the president from outside the administration.
Ayers and Trump had discussed the job for months. The new hire was to be key to a West Wing reshuffling to shift focus toward the 2020 reelection campaign and the challenge of governing with Democrats in control of the House.
This has complicated Donald Trump’s search for a new chief of staff, although there is already talks that Mark Meadows might be in the running.