Rep. Mark Meadows on Trump's Short List for Chief of Staff

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Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff Nick Ayers is considered to be a strong candidate for the role.

Whitaker is now serving as acting attorney general until the Senate confirms Trump's choice of William Barr to take the job.

Here's a list of where several of the candidates stand right now.

Trump announced Saturday that Kelly, 68, would leave the administration - the latest key personnel move at a time of mounting pressure from the Russian Federation election-meddling probe that comes amid increased focus on preparing for the 2020 elections.

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

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Mr. Meadows has been a staunch defender of the president on TV and works closely with the White House. He will be working on the fundraising efforts for Trump's reelection.

He said it would be "a really big mistake to bring someone in as chief of staff who's a good manager but who hasn't lived the timeline and the facts and the details the way Meadows has".

"Trump has turned the White House's top job into 'a laughing stock, ' and his entire presidency has been defined by chaos".

"Trump delivered the news to John Kelly on Friday prior to senior staff dinner".

According to the Journal and other outlets, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Office of Budget and Management Director Mick Mulvaney have both chose to stay happy where they are rather than take on the role. In his announcement, Trump said he "will be leaving-I don't know if I can say 'retiring, '" implying he may be taking another job, or hasn't decided on his next steps. Trump said Saturday that he expected to announce a replacement for Kelly in a day or two.

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U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Sunday saying he was happy in his current role and had not been approached about the position.

In addition to the stress of managing the White House and dealing with a divided Congress, the new chief of staff will face the legal challenges surrounding special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

"Everybody wants to work in this White House".

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has been said to be in the running.

Last week, Trump tweeted that he hopes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will hold a vote on the legislation.

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Reacting to court filings on Friday about hush money payments made to former Playboy model Karen McDougal and porn star Stormy Daniels, Trump raged once again on Twitter that he was the victim of a "WITCH HUNT!"

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.

Mr Trump will decide on his new chief of staff by the end of the year, sources said.

Trump is on pace to break that record, as he looks for his third chief of staff in less than 24 months.

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