Published: Fri, December 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Trump reveals chief of staff search down to 5 candidates

Trump reveals chief of staff search down to 5 candidates

The news is sure to set off warnings of nepotism, however, especially considering that Kushner had no prior experience in government before Trump's election.

Those angling for Mr Kushner include some of the President's outside advisers and some administration officials, the source said.

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.

An exact date for Kelly's departure appeared to be fluid this week.

Meadows had been a contender for the role, after Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, Nick Ayers, dropped out of the running. These people, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive personnel matters.

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White House reps did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment. He and Trump also could not reach agreement on Ayers' length of service. "Who doesn't want to be one of the top few people in Washington, D.C.?" But he soon will have had three in just two years in office.

The Trumps held a Christmas party for the press a year ago but chose to ditch the picture-taking tradition, widely considered a sacrilege at the time.

Yet Trump once mocked his predecessor for chief of staff turnover.

Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway told Fox News on Tuesday that Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general, might stay on briefly into the new year while the president finds a replacement. While he still had a measure of respect for Kelly, the men's personal relationship had always been frosty.

With Kelly out, many political pundits, particularly those on the left, worry about what a new, less structured individual in the position may lead to.

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