Donald Trump on Sunday night lashed out at the “fake news” media for “saying with certainty” that Nick Ayers would be his new chief of staff, adding that he would be picking his replacement for John Kelly shortly.
“I am in the process of interviewing some really great people for the position of White House Chief of Staff,” Trump tweeted. “Fake News has been saying with certainty it was Nick Ayers, a spectacular person who will always be with our #MAGA agenda.”
“I will be making a decision soon!” the president added.
His tweet came as reports emerged that Ayers would not serve as the outgoing White House chief of staff’s successor, even though he was reportedly Trump’s first pick for the job.
A White House official earlier in the day confirmed that Ayers, a Republican operative and chief of staff to Vice President Pence, would not serve as Trump’s chief of staff following widespread speculation that he would.
It is a strange scenario. For weeks, we’ve all heard that Donald Trump was planning to oust John Kelly as his White House Chief of Staff, and replace him with Mike Pence’s current Chief of Staff, Nick Ayers.
Now suddenly, forty-eight hours after Trump was formally hit with two felony accusations, Nick Ayers has suddenly changed his mind and is bailing on a job that he had just 100% committed to.
It’s not difficult to parse that Ayers now thinks Trump is going down, and doesn’t want to join the sinking ship.
Here’s Trump’s reaction:
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. I will be making a decision soon!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2018