- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Rep. Mark Meadows will not be President Trump’s next chief of staff because he is too valuable in Congress, White House officials said Wednesday.

Mr. Trump discussed the position with the North Carolina Republican and outgoing chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, who had said earlier this week that “serving as chief of staff would be an incredible honor.”

But “the president told him we need him in Congress so he can continue the great work he is doing there,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

The Wall Street Journal first broke the news, citing anonymous officials.

White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly will leave the post by the end of the month, and Mr. Trump’s first choice — vice presidential chief of staff Nick Ayers — already had declined the job, reportedly because he and Mr. Trump couldn’t agree on how long he would stay.

Others reportedly under consideration include former Trump 2016 deputy campaign manager David Bossie, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker.

Dave Boyer contributed to this report.

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