Trump considering several candidates for chief of staff: sources

Trump considering several candidates for chief of staff: sources

President Donald Trump is considering Republican Representative Mark Meadows, former campaign adviser David Bossie, and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for White House chief of staff, a source familiar with the search said on Monday.

Another source said Trump was also looking at U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer for the job.

The search comes after the president’s initial choice for the job, Nick Ayers, bowed out on Sunday and as the White House braces for an onslaught of political and legal challenges in the coming year.

On Saturday, Trump said his current chief of staff, retired General John Kelly, would be leaving the White House at the end of the year. The two men had clashed for months.

Ayers, who is Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, had agreed to come on for an interim period but declined to commit to stay for the remaining two years of Trump’s term.

The new chief of staff will have to navigate a challenging political environment as Trump begins his third year in office and prepares for a 2020 re-election campaign.