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WASHINGTON — The Latest on the White House chief of staff (all times local):
President Donald Trump is considering four people as he determines who will be his next chief of staff.
Trump, Bush Family Set Aside Mutual Disdain for State Funeral
Official Washington will turn out to honor the late President George H.W. Bush on Wednesday with the full pageantry of a state funeral, bringing President Donald Trump together with his three most recent predecessors for the service at the National Cathedral. The moment will provide a rare public show of respect for the traditions of the capital by a president whose tweets and public statements have shattered the boundaries of political discourse. Trump will sit in the pews as Washington eulogizes a political figure renowned for his scrupulous social etiquette and prolific handwritten thank-you notes.
A person familiar with Trump's thinking tells The Associated Press that the director of the Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney, is among those under consideration to replace John Kelly.
The person thought to be the president's top choice for the job, vice presidential chief of staff Nick Ayers, tweeted Sunday that he's no longer in the running for the position. Instead, he will begin overseeing a pro-Trump political action committee next year.
A White House official tells the AP that Trump and Ayers could not reach agreement on Ayers' length of service. Trump wants his next chief of staff to hold the job through the 2020 election.
President Donald Trump's top pick to replace John Kelly as chief of staff, Nick Ayers, is no longer expected to fill that role.
That's according to a White House official who is not authorized to discuss the personnel issue by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Ayers is Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff.
The official says that Trump and Ayers could not agree on Ayers' length of service. The father of young children, Ayers had agreed to serve in an interim capacity though the spring, but Trump wanted a two-year commitment.
The official says that Ayers will instead assist the president from outside the administration.
Trump announced Saturday that Kelly would be departing the White House around the end of the year.
Bush family seeks to steer clear of anti-Trump sentiment at 41st president’s funeral.
The truce comes after Trump’s long history of insulting and taunting the Bush clan and their establishment Republican legacy.
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