Over the past 24 hours, President Trump has been privately asking many people who they think should be his new chief of staff, according to three sources with direct knowledge.
What’s happening: Trump has asked confidants what they think about the idea of installing Rep. Mark Meadows, the chairman of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus, as John Kelly’s permanent replacement, according to these three sources.
Trump has also mentioned three other candidates besides Meadows, according to a source with direct knowledge. Nick Ayers, previously considered the favorite, is out of the running.
Multiple sources tell NBC that Trump is considering the following people to replace John Kelly as White House chief of staff with Nick Ayers now out of the running:
(Sources caution the list is fluid.)
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) December 10, 2018