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The Daily BeastDec 09, 2018
Nick Ayers Turns Down Trump, Expected to Land at Pro-Trump Dark Money Group
Drew AngererNick Ayers, vice president Mike Pence's chief of staff, is expected to return to the pro-Trump dark money group he helped found after foregoing a position as the White House's top staffer, a source close to the White House told The Daily Beast.

Ayers and President Donald Trump agreed that the 36-year-old Republican phenom would not replace the outgoing White House chief of staff, John Kelly, after Trump and Ayers could not come to an agreement on the duration that he would hold the post, The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

Ayers instead tweeted that he is also leaving the administration.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

Drudge ReportDec 09, 2018
Nick Ayers out of running to be White House chief of staff...

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Ayers not taking job as White House chief of staff (CNN Politics)
Nick Ayers, considered candidate for White House chief of staff, 'departing' at year's end (Fox Politics)

Washington Post PoliticsDec 09, 2018
Nick Ayers, Trump's once-likely replacement for chief of staff John Kelly, won't take the job
Ayers, who is currently Vice President Pence's chief of staff, announced in a tweet Sunday evening that he will leave the White House at the end of the year.

Huffington Post PoliticsDec 09, 2018
REPORT: Trump First Tapped William Barr For Another Job — Defense Lawyer
Before the president nominated Barr to be his Attorney General, White House officials were considering him for a different position.

The Daily BeastDec 08, 2018
John Kelly and the Feverish White House Shuffle is a Potential Vulnerability Goldmine For Opportunists
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastIt's like the Hunger Games finally came to Washington. Whether it's a desire to shift attention away from legal filings and criminal charges or just the normal cycle of midterm transitions, the feverish pace of personnel announcements and character assassinations guarantee that we're worse off security wise today and down the road.

I worked under four chiefs of staff, two Secretaries of State, two Secretaries of the Treasury, and three Secretaries of Defense during President Obama's first term. Change is not necessarily a bad thing, but it's chaotic under the best of circumstances. And with the shadow of the Mueller probe hanging over each and every personnel decision, President Trump's approach to these changes is a lesson in how not to pick, choose, and fire members of a team if you want it to be cohesive going forward.

Handling even one transition at a time takes a lot of work. While coming up with a list of potential replacements, vetting them, figuring out how they would play with various constituencies, and then managing the actual announcement itself, the primary focus is often on avoiding any blackout period during which important work and institutional knowledge could fall through the cracks. Any public image of disorganization or lack of continuity signals that we're disorganized and vulnerable—it's a prime time for opportunists of all shades and colors (including our enemies) to try to take advantage of dropped balls to make headway against us.

Washington Post PoliticsDec 08, 2018
Chief of Staff John Kelly to leave White House by end of month, Trump says
Nick Ayers, currently Vice President Pence's chief of staff, is widely expected to be Kelly's replacement.

Washington Post PoliticsDec 08, 2018
‘Siege warfare': Republican anxiety spikes as Trump faces growing legal and political perils
The White House is adopting a ‘shrugged shoulders' strategy to Mueller's Russia probe, calculating that GOP base voters will believe whatever the president tells them to believe.
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