New Chief of Staff Tops Trump's Christmas Wish List - These Names Have Been Floated
- The Chief of Staffis a highly desired job
Perhaps the second most powerful position
after the President.
That's because he or she is the gatekeeper
who sets the presidential agenda,
manages the White Housestaff and decides who
gets access to the President.
So, who will the Presidentchoose to replace
The President's son-in-law weighed in.
- The President willmake the right choice for
Chief of Staff when he's ready
and hopefully he'llchoose somebody he's got
great chemistry with,great relationship with
who will help him navigatethe next couple of years.
- [Gary] And perhaps great chemistry with
Trump family members,especially daughter Ivanka
and her husband Jared.
Trump critics say theyhave a lot of influence
because the Presidentwants the White House
to run like a family business.
The Kushners reportedlysupported Vice President Pence's
36-year-old Chief of Staff, Nick Ayers.
But Ayers turned down the job.
Now, the Trump team isactively seeking a replacement
before Kelly departsat the end of the year.
Several names have beenmentioned but so far, no takers.
- I haven't spoken to anyone.
I'm entirely focused onwhat I'm trying to do
and it's difficult enough.
- [Gary] One contenderis republican congressman
He's worked aggressivelyto uncover the facts
in House investigations of the FBI
and Clinton email scandals.
Meadows was asked if he wouldaccept the job if offered.
- I can say this, thatbecause it's an honor,
certainly I'm favorablyinclined to at least have
a discussion with the President.
- [Gary] As the White Housesorts out a replacement
for Kelly, one piece ofgood news for the president
is the likely confirmationof William Barr as the next
- He's been confirmed three times.
He's been the formerAttorney General for Bush 41,
the Deputy AttorneyGeneral in charge of the
criminal division and eachtime, he was confirmed
by voice vote.
There's never been arecorded vote because he's
that highly qualified.
- Today, the president meetswith Congressional democrats
to talk about funding for his border wall
and a possible government shutdown,
which is just 11 days away.
Gary Lane, CBN News.