Ocasio-Cortez mocks idea Kushner could be Trump's chief of staff

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezTlaib says Trump 'scared' of 'Squad' The Memo: Dangers loom for Trump on immigration Students retreating from politics as campuses become progressive playgrounds MORE (D-N.Y.) on Friday mocked reports that Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerTrump allies say A$AP Rocky was supposed to thank him but his team stopped 'returning our text messages': report President tweets 'few work harder' than Ivanka, Jared PETA billboard in Baltimore calls Kushner a 'rich pest' MORE, a White House senior adviser and President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham: America must 'accept the pain that comes in standing up to China' Weld 'thrilled' more Republicans are challenging Trump New data challenges Trump's economic narrative MORE’s son-in-law, is being considered for the soon-to-be-open chief of staff position.

“Ah yes, of course, it’s classic Republican ‘bootstrap’ meritocracy: where the smartest, hardest-working, most fitting person for the job just so happens to be your son-in-law,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.


The incoming congresswoman was responding to reports that Kushner might be tapped to succeed John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE as White House chief of staff.

Kushner, who is married to Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpThe White House and schools have this in common: Asbestos President tweets 'few work harder' than Ivanka, Jared Dick Cheney to attend fundraiser supporting Trump reelection: report MORE, has worked on developing the administration's Middle East plan and criminal justice reform. 

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Thursday night that she was not aware whether Kushner was under consideration for the role.

“But as I think all of us here would recognize, he will be great in any role that the president chooses to put him in," Sanders said. “He has done a tremendous job on a number of fronts, whether it was on trade or what we’ve seen play out over the last week on criminal justice reform. He’s done a great job on all those efforts.”

Kushner is not inclined to take the job because he is happy in his current role, according to a Reuters report. 

Trump said he has narrowed the list of candidates for the position down to five and hopes to fill the position by the end of the month when Kelly leaves his role. 

Former Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) is also reportedly among the potential candidates, with some reports noting he met with Trump on Thursday evening. 

Nick Ayers, a Republican operative currently serving as chief of staff to Vice President Pence, was seen as a leading contender for the role, but he pulled himself out of the running, saying he would return to his home state of Georgia with his wife and children. 

Ayers plans to work for a pro-Trump super PAC.