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John Kelly Replacement Won't Take The Job

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John Kelly Replacement Won't Take The Job

A White House official told CNN Sunday Nick Ayers will not be taking the job of chief of staff.

Ayers had been the leading candidate to replace John Kelly as President Donald Trump's in the role.

He has served as Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff for more than a year.

He is not taking the position because the President and Ayers could not agree to terms, the official said.

Trump pushed Ayers to commit to two years on the job.

He declined.

He has young children, he told the President.

He wants to move back to his home state of Georgia.

He offered to become chief of staff temporarily.

Trump insisted on a two-year commitment.

However, in addition to the two-year commitment issue, there was also a huge internal resistance to Ayers being appointed.

This according to two sources with knowledge of the situation.

The sources said there was resistance to him being appointed from first lady Melania Trump and some senior staff.

Ayers' not taking the job came as a surprise since he had been lobbying for the position the sources said.

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