Some media personalities considered to be favorable to the Trump administration are on those guests lists, including several Fox News hosts, according to the network.
Trump told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday that he was having no trouble recruiting people for one of the most powerful jobs in Washington.
"President Trump has canceled the White House holiday party for the media, making the decades-old tradition a victim of his increasingly contentious relationship with major news organizations", Fox News reports. On Oct. 9, after Nikki Haley announced that she was stepping down as USA ambassador to the United Nations, Canseco said he'd be up for the job.
Who wants to be chief of staff?
Nick Ayres, the 36-year-old chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, had been touted as favorite to get the job, but announced he was taking himself out of the running, dealing a blow to the president.
Another potential pick as chief of staff, former campaign adviser David Bossie, was at the White House for meetings on Thursday, but was not believed to have met the President.
Some critics questioned whether those who cover or comment on the White House should engage in such socializing, but few turned down the invitations.
Mr Trump has attacked the media throughout his time in office, calling the press "dishonest, "lying" and slinging accusations of 'fake news". Ayers wanted to serve on an interim basis; Trump wanted a two-year commitment.