Trump's potential next chief of staff pick leaving White House

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Democrats take over control of the House of Representatives in January, and USA prosecutors are intensifying their probe into potential collusion between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

The new hire was to be key to a West Wing reshuffle to shift focus toward the 2020 re-election campaign and the challenge of governing with Democrats in control of the House.

"Serving as Chief of Staff would be an incredible honor", Meadows said.

"The problem is Trump is chief of staff and over his head", said the person, who was granted anonymity to speak frankly about ongoing deliberations.

Nick Ayers, 36, the top political aide to Mike Pence, the vice-president, was said to have been asked by Mr Trump to take over from John Kelly, who will leave at the end of the year. The official says that Trump and Ayers could not agree on Ayers' length of service.

'(Ayers's) unique qualification was that he had been doing the same job for the vice president, ' She said, adding 'those us us with young kids very well understand the personal decision he made'.

"I will be departing at the end of the year but will work with the #MAGA team to advance the cause", he said.

President Donald Trump reportedly informed chief of staff John Kelly he was out just before a White House Christmas dinner for staff on Friday. I will be making a decision soon'. President Trump broke the news himself, telling reporters about Kelly's exit as he left for the Army-Navy game on Saturday.

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Despite running the Treasury Department with confidence, Mnuchin does not appear to have the appetite for the daily battles in Washington.

Rep. Matt Gaetz, Florida Republican and a member of the House Judiciary Committee, said Mr. Meadows also could help the White House fend off attacks by people such as former FBI Director James Comey, whom Mr. Gaetz believes will be working aggressively against Mr. Trump's reelection.

Trump had discussed replacing Kelly on multiple occasions, including following the negative publicity surrounding his handling of domestic violence accusations against then-White House staff secretary Rob Porter.

Lighthizer, meanwhile, has gained prominence in the administration for his handling of trade negotiations; he is the point person for talks between the administration and China over trade, an issue that is likely to dominate the first part of 2019 and beyond.

"3 Chiefs of Staffs in less than 3 years of being President", Trump tweeted back in 2012.

Ayers had told the president that he would do the job on an interim basis, through the spring. But his iron fist also alienated some longtime Trump allies, and over time he grew increasingly isolated, with an increasingly diminished role.

But Trump and Ayers could not come to an agreement on the conditions of Ayers appointment, according to the Times.