President Trump may be running out of choices for his chief of staff position, the news is that he may be considering his own son-in-law for the post.
Jared Kushner, the husband of Trump’s daughter Ivanka met with Trump on Wednesday about the job, according to a top Republican close to the White House. Kushner is already serving as a White House adviser. The person who reported this did so on condition of anonymity.
Kushner has been raising his own candidacy with Trump, citing his work on a criminal justice reform package and a claimed ability to work across the aisle. “I don’t know why he thinks that, when the Democrats are mainly going to be coming after Trump,” the source said.
Trump told reporters Thursday that he is down to five finalists. “We are interviewing people now for chief of staff,” he said.
Trump announced on Saturday that current chief of staff John Kelly would leave “toward the end of the year.” Nick Ayers, the current chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, was considered to be the likely favorite to succeed Kelly. But Ayers announced on Twitter on Sunday that he was withdrawing from consideration.
“Thank you @realDonaldTrump, @VP, and my great colleagues for the honor to serve our Nation at The White House. I will be departing at the end of the year but will work with the #MAGA team to advance the cause,” he wrote.
Kelly, a retired Marine general, was expected to bring order and discipline to the West Wing when he took the job in mid-2017.
It is unclear who the five finalists Trump claimed he was looking at are. Former deputy campaign manager David Bossie is scheduled to have lunch with Trump Friday at the White House. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is also thought to be under consideration, while Trump is soliciting names from the legal community in New York City.