GOP lawmaker predicts Kushner will be Trump’s next chief of staff

A Republican lawmaker on Friday predicted that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate GOP budget ignores Trump, cuts defense Trump says he'll nominate Stephen Moore to Fed White House: ISIS territory in Syria has been 100 percent eliminated MORE will select his senior adviser and son-in-law Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerClinton and Ocasio-Cortez joke about Kushner's alleged use of WhatsApp Hillicon Valley: Kushner accused of using WhatsApp, personal email for official work | White House rejects request for Trump-Putin communications | Facebook left 'hundreds of millions' of passwords unsecured | Tech pressured to root out extremism Cummings says Ivanka Trump not preserving all official communications MORE as his next chief of staff.

Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzTrump: I told Republicans to vote for 'transparency' in releasing Mueller report House votes for Mueller report to be made public Matt Gaetz jabs Don Lemon while talking to Chris Cuomo on CNN MORE (R-Fla.) said during an appearance on Fox News that his “informed guess” was that Kushner will succeed outgoing chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE.

Trump has said he is weighing a handful of candidates to replace Kelly, who has served in the position since July 2017 and is slated to leave the White House at the end of this month.

"I believe the president views this conflict period coming up with House Democrats as one where he needs loyalist people closest to him,” Gaetz said on Fox.

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"I’ll go ahead and make that prediction, that Jared Kushner will be the next chief of staff."

Kushner, when asked about Kelly’s departure earlier this week, told Fox News’s Sean Hannity that Trump will make his decision when he is ready.

"Hopefully he’ll choose someone he’s got great chemistry with, a great relationship with, who will help him navigate the next couple of years, with all the good opportunities that will emerge, to keep pushing forward,” Kushner said.

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.”

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Friday ruled out serving as Trump's chief of staff.

Nick Ayers, who currently serves as Vice President Pence's chief of staff, was seen as the top contender for the position but removed himself from consideration days ago.

Outgoing House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsJordan, Meadows backed by new ads from pro-Trump group: report Trump keeps tight grip on GOP Dems fear Trump is looking at presidential pardons MORE (R-N.C.), another possible candidate, said this week that he is “fully committed” to continuing to serve in the House.