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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpAppeals court OKs White House diverting military funding to border wall construction Pentagon: Tentative meeting between spy agencies, Biden transition set for early next week Conservative policy director calls Section 230 repeal an 'existential threat' for tech 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 PelosiOn The Money: Unemployment gains lower than expected | Jobs report lights fire under coronavirus relief talks Hillicon Valley: Senate Intelligence Committee leaders warn of Chinese threats to national security | Biden says China must play by 'international norms' | House Democrats use Markup app for leadership contest voting Bipartisan governors call on Congress to pass coronavirus relief package MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBipartisan governors call on Congress to pass coronavirus relief package Pelosi, Schumer endorse 8 billion plan as basis for stimulus talks Funding bill hits snag as shutdown deadline looms 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 MeadowsThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Congress inches closer to virus relief deal Alyssa Farah resigns as White House communications director Trump hits Barr over voter fraud remarks: 'He hasn't looked' MORE (R-N.C.), Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Dem leaders back smaller COVID-19 relief bill as pandemic escalates Sweeping financial crimes bill to hitch a ride on defense measure On The Money: Funding bill hits snag as shutdown deadline looms | Pelosi, Schumer endorse 8 billion plan as basis for stimulus talks | Poll: Most Americans support raising taxes on those making at least 0K MORE, U.S. Trade Representative Robert LighthizerRobert (Bob) Emmet LighthizerWhiskey, workers and friends caught in the trade dispute crossfire GOP senator warns quick vote on new NAFTA would be 'huge mistake' Pelosi casts doubt on USMCA deal in 2019 MORE and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyMick Mulvaney 'concerned' by Giuliani role in Trump election case On The Money: Senate releases spending bills, setting up talks for December deal | McConnell pushing for 'highly targeted' COVID deal | CFPB vet who battled Trump will lead Biden plans to overhaul agency Consumer bureau vet who battled Trump will lead Biden plans to overhaul agency 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 PriebusFauci says he has not talked to Biden: He doesn't want to 'put me in a compromised position' Trump adviser says president will give Biden 'a little bit more room to explain himself' at next debate Priebus expecting Trump win in election that will go 'down to the wire' MORE, in July 2017. 

Updated at 12:46 p.m.