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Who Will Be Trump’s Next Chief of Staff? A List of Potential Options

Members of Congress and members of Trump's Cabinet are on the shortlist, which even includes the president of the New York Yankees.

By NTK Staff | 12.11.2018 @9:17am
Who Will Be Trump’s Next Chief of Staff? A List of Potential Options

President Trump is in search of a new chief of staff after two major developments for the position over the weekend.

First, Trump announced that John Kelly will be leaving at the end of the year.

Then, Nick Ayers, chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence and reportedly Trump’s top choice to succeed Kelly, announced on Sunday that he would also leave the White House at the end of the year.

With the incumbent leaving and Trump’s top choice out of the running, the president has many options to pick from for his next chief of staff. Here’s a partial list of some of the top candidates under consideration, along with some wild card options mentioned by media:

  • Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), a fierce Trump ally and House Freedom Caucus member who on Monday expressed interest in the job
  • David Bossie, Trump’s “deputy campaign manager” in the 2016 race, who Axios reported “is making a new push for the job”
  • Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney, a former congressman, who CBS News reported is on a five-person shortlist for the job
  • Blackstone employee and political operative Wayne Berman, who had official roles on the presidential campaigns of Marco Rubio (2016), Mitt Romney (2012), and John McCain (2008), and who CBS News also reported is on the five-person shortlist
  • Former Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ), who CNN‘s Shimon Prokupecz says the White House believes is a “strong option” for chief of staff
  • Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, who CNN reported is a contender that “would likely accept if asked”
  • U.S. trade representative Robert Lighthizer, who CNN reported is a candidate
  • Perhaps strangest of all, MSNBC reported Yankees President Randy Levine is “among the names being mentioned”

Who will Trump pick? Expect an answer in the coming weeks. The chief of staff requires no Senate confirmation, so Trump has the freedom to pick someone who he believes will be loyal and a strong operator.

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