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Pence Chief of Staff Nick Ayers Won’t Be Next White House Staff Chief


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WASHINGTON—Top White House aide Nick Ayers won’t be the next chief of staff, as had been expected, White House officials said, throwing open the question of who will run the West Wing and manage the staff on a day-to-day basis.

Mr. Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, wrote on Twitter on Sunday that he would be leaving the White House by year’s end.


Although Mr. Ayers had been negotiating with President Trump over the precise terms of his employment, the White House had signaled he was a lock for the position.


Late last week, Mr. Ayers had agreed in principle that he would succeed John Kelly, who is due to leave the chief-of-staff job this month, White House officials said. After Mr. Trump said on Saturday that Mr. Kelly would be stepping down, a White House official said Mr. Ayers was the front-runner and that the president would make an announcement on Monday.

Now, the White House said Mr. Trump won’t select a new chief until the end of the year and that he is considering at least four candidates.

The uncertainty surrounding the chief-of-staff job reflects a record-setting turnover in the White House’s senior ranks. Whoever succeeds Mr. Kelly will be the third chief of staff in the president’s first two years.


Wanted: Chief of Staff. Experience with small children helpful.

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