Nick Ayers, President Trump’s best choice to exchange John F. Kelly as chief of employees, has declined to take the job, based on three individuals conversant in the talks.
Mr. Ayers, 36, the chief of employees to Vice President Mike Pence, is predicted to go away the administration within the coming weeks as his household returns to Georgia, based on individuals conversant in his plans.
That leaves it unclear who will take the highest West Wing job as Mr. Trump enters the 2020 marketing campaign confronting rising hazard from the particular counsel investigation into Russian election interference and from Democrats who’ve vowed harder oversight after they take management of the Home subsequent month.
Mr. Ayers had informed the president that he would do the job on an interim foundation, by way of the spring. However Mr. Trump needs a everlasting chief of employees as he heads into the combat of his political life.
Others seen as alternatives for chief of employees embrace the Treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin; Mr. Trump’s price range director, Mick Mulvaney; and the US commerce consultant, Robert Lighthizer.