Nick Ayres respectfully turns down Chief of Staff job

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WASHINGTON-Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, Nick Ayers, announced December 9 that he will be leaving by the end of the year, while thanking both President Donald Trump and Pence "for the honor to serve our Nation at The White House".

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. It's not clear that Kelly's influence ever extended outside his own person.

-US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

"John Kelly will be leaving, I don't know if I can say retiring but great guy", Trump said.

Hours later, Trump tweeted that he's "in the process of interviewing some really great people for the position".

Once thought to be the president's top choice, vice presidential chief of staff Nick Ayers tweeted Sunday that he's no longer in the running for the position.

Along with Meadows, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have been mentioned as possible candidates foro the job.

"Everybody wants to work in this White House".

President Donald Trump is considering four people as he determines who will be his next chief of staff.

Ayers had emerged as a frontrunner to replace Kelly and was reported to have had months of discussions with the president, including recent travel on Air Force One.

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

Even senior White House officials were caught off guard Sunday by the news of Ayers' departure.

Rep. Mark Meadows, another floated name who has been serving as the House Freedom Caucus chairman and already has a strong relationship with the president, seems receptive to being asked.

Choosing Bossie would rally Trump's outside loyalists who feel that it is time for a true MAGA believer to run the White House. Trump wants his next chief of staff to hold the job through the 2020 election. The Journal reported that he had not been able to commit to the White House job beyond the spring of 2019.

But critics questioned whether the young operative had the kind of experience needed to deal with the internal strife that has often engulfed the Trump White House.

Trump announced on December 7 that State Department spokesperson and undersecretary Heather Nauert will be taking over as US ambassador to the United Nations from Nikki Haley, who announced her resignation in October.