Trump floating Mark Meadows for White House chief of staff: reports

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about plans to build Trump Tower in Moscow during 2016 campaign: report DC train system losing 0k per day during government shutdown Senate Republicans eye rules change to speed Trump nominees MORE has privately been floating the idea of replacing chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE with Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsMcCarthy, allies retaliate against Freedom Caucus leader Conservative leader Meadows condemns King comments 'in strongest sense' Republicans request update on investigation into ex-FBI official accused of leaks MORE (R-N.C.), according to Axios.

The news outlet, citing three sources with knowledge of the matter, reported on Sunday that Trump has recently been asking many people about who he should name as his chief of staff when Kelly officially departs. 

He's asked many of them what they think of Meadows, a North Carolina congressman who is currently the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus. He's also reportedly mentioned three other people as other possible candidates.

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Meadows was rumored as a possible chief of staff contender back in February. Other people on Trump's list of contenders now include Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney.

Washington Post reporter Josh Dawsey tweeted that a White House official with direct knowledge confirmed Axios's report to him. 

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.

The report arrived the same day that Nick Ayers, the current chief of staff for Vice President Pence, announced that he would not fill the chief of staff position. 

"Thank you @realDonaldTrump, @VP, and my great colleagues for the honor to serve our Nation at The White House," Ayers wrote on Twitter. "I will be departing at the end of the year but will work with the #MAGA team to advance the cause."

Ayers was considered the likeliest choice to replace Kelly after Trump told reporters on Saturday that Kelly would leave the administration by the end of the year. 

Ayers reportedly could not give Trump a two-year commitment, something that the president desires. 

He will instead work for the super PAC supporting the president, a source told The Hill.