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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE has privately been floating the idea of replacing chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE with Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsHillicon Valley: Lawmakers seek 'time out' on facial recognition tech | DHS asks cybersecurity staff to volunteer for border help | Judge rules Qualcomm broke antitrust law | Bill calls for 5G national security strategy Lawmakers call for 'time out' on facial recognition tech DeVos family of Michigan ends support for Amash 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.

ADVERTISEMENT

Bloomberg News reported that Trump is considering Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, U.S. Trade Representative Robert LighthizerRobert (Bob) Emmet LighthizerChinese, US negotiators fine-tuning details of trade agreement: report The Trump economy keeps roaring ahead Trump says no discussion of extending deadline in Chinese trade talks MORE and budget director Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyOn The Money: Judge rules banks can give Trump records to House | Mnuchin pegs debt ceiling deadline as 'late summer' | Democrats see momentum in Trump tax return fight | House rebukes Trump changes to consumer agency House rebukes Mulvaney's efforts to rein in consumer bureau The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push MORE potentially filling the role. 

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.