Trump: 'No rush' to pick next chief of staff

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSupreme Court comes to Trump's aid on immigration Trump is failing on trade policy Trump holds call with Netanyahu to discuss possible US-Israel defense treaty MORE on Tuesday said he would announce his next White House chief of staff in a "week or two," adding he is in "no rush" to choose a successor to John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE

Speaking to reporters in the Oval Office, Trump pushed back on the notion he is struggling to find a new top aide after his first choice, Nick Ayers, turned down the position. 

"We have a lot of people who want the position," Trump said. 

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His comments came after a heated conversation with House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWords matter, except to Democrats, when it involves impeaching Trump Nadler: Impeachment inquiry a 'made-up term' but it's essentially 'what we are doing' Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSinema says she would back Kennedy in race against Markey Democrats threaten to withhold defense votes over wall Pelosi: 'People are dying' because McConnell won't bring up gun legislation MORE (D-N.Y.) over funding for a border wall. They mark the first time Trump has addressed the chief of staff vacancy in person since Ayers's surprise decision over the weekend to not take the job.

The president did not specify who he was considering for the role, other than to say a lot of friends of his want the job, as do "people that Chuck and Nancy know."

Several news reports over the last 24 hours have characterized Trump as scrambling to find an alternative pick. Sources told The Hill that there was no clear plan B after Ayers, who is currently Vice President Pence's chief of staff, said he will leave the administration soon to work for a pro-Trump super PAC. 

Potential candidates for the job that have been reported in recent days include Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsMeadows, Cotton introduce bill to prevent district judges from blocking federal policy changes The Hill's Morning Report - Trump ousts Bolton; GOP exhales after win in NC Meadows to be replaced by Biggs as Freedom Caucus leader MORE (R-N.C.), Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinTrump called out for 'my favorite dictator' while awaiting Egyptian leader at summit: report Romney opposes Trump taking executive action to reduce capital gains taxes Overnight Defense: Afghanistan tops foreign policy issues at Dem debate | Erdogan says he'll discuss missile sale with Trump | US again challenges Beijing's claim to South China Sea MORE, U.S. Trade Representative Robert LighthizerRobert (Bob) Emmet LighthizerOn The Money: Economy adds 164K jobs in July | Trump signs two-year budget deal, but border showdown looms | US, EU strike deal on beef exports Chinese, US negotiators fine-tuning details of trade agreement: report The Trump economy keeps roaring ahead MORE and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyNOAA chief praises agency scientists after statement backing up Trump tweet The Hill's Morning Report — Biden steadies in third debate as top tier remains the same Democrats ramp up calls to investigate NOAA MORE

Meadows said on Monday that it would be an "incredible honor" to be chosen as chief of staff, and Bossie appeared on Fox News Tuesday morning and appeared to lay out his credentials for the job.

The other candidates have reportedly indicated they'd prefer to stay in their current roles.

Trump announced on Saturday that Kelly would leave his role as chief of staff at the end of the year, marking the end of a 17-month tenure that was marked by frequent reports of tensions with the president.

Kelly's replacement will become Trump's third chief of staff during his less than two years in the White House. Kelly replaced the president's first top aide, Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusPoliticon announces lineup including Comey, Hannity, Priebus Sunday shows - White House stresses Trump's determination in China trade fight as GOP challenger emerges Priebus: Left's 'wacko ideas' are opportunity for Republicans in 2020 MORE, in July 2017. 

Updated at 12:46 p.m.