Trump considering handful of candidates for chief of staff

In a tweet of his own, Trump laid out the agenda: "I am in the process of interviewing some really great people for the position of White House Chief of Staff. Fake News has been saying with certainty it was Nick Ayers, a spectacular person who will always be with our #MAGA agenda".

A person familiar with Trumps' thinking tells The Associated Press that among the four people being considered by Trump are the White House budget chief, Mick Mulvaney, and a Republican congressman from North Carolina, Mark Meadows.

Kelly announced that he would be out of the White House by the end of the year, leaving many speculating as to who would be replacing the chief of staff.

Trump earlier this year asked Kelly to remain as his chief of staff through the remainder of his first term, but the signs of tension between the two men had grown in recent months. Mnuchin is also not seen as being politically adept as some other candidates who have held elective office, which was Kelly's main fault in Trump's view.

Chief of staff to the vice-president Nick Ayers stands outside a meeting with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill.

The popular narrative around Kelly, a retired Marine general, is that he brought military-minded discipline to a chaotic White House. He has young children, he told the President, and wants to move back to his home state of Georgia.

There was additionally a significant resistance contained in the West Wing to Ayers changing into the chief of workers, two sources with data of the scenario informed CNN.

The Wall Street Journal first reported that Ayers would not be taking the job as Trump's chief of staff.

A team of POLITICO reporters reported that Trump "doesn't have any use for a traditional chief of staff [because] he doesn't want to be told what to do". So bad is it, that there is no more absurd analogy which would provide a striking illustration of how foolish it is to have an apolitical chief of staff.

Kelly, who reportedly called Trump an "idiot" in private and described the White House as "a miserable place to work", is believed to have floated the idea of resigning. And Kelly's aversion to politics came to be regarded as a liability in a White House preparing to confront Trump's 2020 re-election campaign, as well as a Democratic-led House of Representatives and federal prosecutors inching closer toward implicating the president in crimes related to his election.

Recognizing Trump's desperation and the lack of viable candidates, Colbert announced that he would officially throw himself in the running to be Kelly's successor.

But then Ayers pulled the rug out from under Trump, According to Sherman, he insisted that, even after he had agreed to take Kelly's job, he would only stay in it for a few months, which was unacceptable to Trump.

HORSLEY: But it may be a little longer than that before Trump is able to name Kelly's replacement.