Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report

The White House is planning to withdraw its nominee for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) after seven months, CNN reported Wednesday evening.

President TrumpDonald TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe MORE reportedly will nominate acting FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor to replace current nominee Jeff Byard, sources told CNN.


CNN reported that a personal issue that came up within the past week prompted the White House's decision and that Byard himself asked for the nomination to be withdrawn. 

News reports circulated during the day Wednesday suggesting Byard's nomination would be withdrawn. 

The White House said it would not comment on the personnel matter.

Trump nominated Byard in May after former FEMA head Brock Long stepped down amid an internal ethics investigation.