Defiant: US President Donald Trump faces greater scrutiny when the Democrats take control of Congress next month.
The 36-year-old was seen as Mr Trump's main choice to replace Gen John Kelly, who will depart by the year's end.
Mark Meadows and longtime GOP operative Wayne Berman are among the contenders for the job of White House chief of staff, as President Trump considers his list of potential replacements for John Kelly.
Shortly after Ayers said he would not take on the role, Trump jumped online to tweet: "I am in the process of interviewing some really great people for the position of White House Chief of Staff".
Although Ayers is leaving the White House, he definitely isn't leaving Team Trump.
Sherman reported in a new piece Monday that the decision to oust Kelly and replace him with the vice president's Chief of Staff Nick Ayers was made on Friday, and Kelly himself was supposed to be able to make the announcement to the staff on Monday. "I will be making a decision soon!"
Ayers, Axios reported, will run Trump's outside group, America First, after leaving the administration.
Whipple noted that James Baker, who served as chief of staff to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, called it the worst job in government.
"Trump delivered the news to John Kelly on Friday prior to senior staff dinner".
Congressman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) is now representing the people of North Carolina's 11th district, but his name has jumped toward the top of Trump's likely choices.
Meadows said that he's yet to speak with President Trump about the position since Ayers announced he'd be stepping down.
Federal prosecutors in NY urged "substantial" jail time for the president's former lawyer Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty in August to bank fraud and campaign finance violations as a result of the payoffs to the two women, who claimed to have had sexual encounters with Trump.
With Ayers out of the running, Trump is considering four candidates for the post, including Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney, according to a person familiar with the president's thinking.
CNN added Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to the list of possibilities, although this was played down by a source close to the former investment banker.
Kelly brought a sense of order to the White House and tamped down the infighting that broke out nearly from the day Trump took office. On Friday, Whitaker met with Jared Kushner, who, of course, is the president's son-in-law, who's a White House adviser.
He will instead probably move back to Georgia and work with a super PAC set up to assist the President's reelection, the official said.
The former general has been credited with imposing order on a chaotic West Wing after his arrival in June 2017, from his post as homeland security secretary.
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