Nobody appears to want to become President Donald Trump’s next chief of staff.
After losing two chiefs of staff in as many years as president, Trump now finds himself in a very embarrassing situation. It’s not surprising to hear that he wants a new chief of staff that will remain in place for at least the next two years, per previous reporting from the Inquisitr.
But the top names for the job are dropping out faster than people can learn anything relevant about them. Nick Ayers, for example, who has served as Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff since the summer of 2017, was considered to be the obvious choice by pundits for the role to manage Trump’s Oval Office, and indeed was lobbying to become the next chief of staff for the president. Yet he dropped out, citing a need to want to move back to his home in Georgia to be near his family again within the two-year time frame.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin is also being touted as a possible successor to current Chief of Staff John Kelly. His name is especially liked by members of Trump’s family. Yet Mnuchin has indicated he likes his current position more and is reluctant to serve in the chief of staff position. His wavering in the issue is likely to prevent Trump from picking him, also.
The present situation for Trump is likely preventing anyone credible from wanting to be in the role. Chances are strong that, given recent developments in the Russia investigation tying Trump to illegal activities conducted by his former lawyer Michael Cohen, nobody on Trump’s immediate radar wants to be the guy (or gal) to be next to the president when the you-know-what hits the fan.
That doesn’t mean that nobody wants the role, and certainly, there has to be someone out there who is careless enough to push for themselves and ultimately accept a role as Trump’s next chief of staff.
To deviate from the storyline that Trump’s brand is now more toxic than ever before, you can bet on the president announcing his next chief of staff in the best way he knows how: in a reality-show mannered fashion.
Trump did as much when he announced his choice for Supreme Court justice over the summer, according to reporting from the New York Times. So a prediction that Trump will do so again with his chief of staff isn’t too far off the mark.
But there’s a problem with announcing people to positions of power in this way: it trivializes the work that administration officials are meant to do. It also indicates that Trump is more about theatrics rather than the hard work or credentials his nominees have to bring to the positions they’re set to work from.
The use of such theatrics will likely distract the media away from the larger issue of nobody really wanting to assume the role of chief of staff. But it will do so at the expense of the real issue behind any such appointment, namely: are they a good fit for the role?