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Trump praises Ayers, says he will pick next chief of staff 'soon'

The Hill logo The Hill 12/10/2018 Emily Birnbaum

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: Trump praises Ayers, says he will pick next chief of staff 'soon' © Getty Images Trump praises Ayers, says he will pick next chief of staff 'soon' President Trump on Sunday night blamed the "fake news" for "saying with certainty" that Nick Ayers would be his new chief of staff.

His tweet came as reports emerged that Ayers would not serve as White House chief of staff's successor after all, though he was reportedly Trump's first pick for the job.

"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 agenda."

"I will be making a decision soon!" the president added.

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.

Ayers instead plans to leave the administration at year's end to work for a pro-Trump super PAC.

The president wanted Ayers to make a long-term commitment to the job, but the aide would not commit to anything more than an interim role, said a person familiar with the situation.

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