Confirmed: Trump considers making son-in-law his Chief of Staff since no one else wants job
President Donald Trump needs to find a replacement for General John Kelly, who announced he no longer wants to be Chief of Staff to the president.
Even with his graceful exit, and talks that he is no longer on good speaking terms with the president, he's leaving in just a few weeks.
Trump has reportedly been frustrated with finding a replacement. It's said that Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence's Chief of Staff, simply didn't want the job.
Trump claims reports in the media are inaccurate and 10 to 12 people are vying for the position. But, so far from the short list that's been talked about, or at least released, all of the named people have declined interest.
Besides Ayers, Trump has been turned down by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, top economic adviser Larry Kudlow and North Carolina Republican Congressman Mark Meadows, according to a source close to the Huffington Post.
Now - the latest report - and confirmed by Major Garrett, the chief White House correspondent for CBS, is that Trump is looking at installing his son-in-law Jared Kushner as Chief of Staff. It might be a last ditch option in case nobody else pans out.
Kushner met with Trump on Wednesday about the job and not only that but Kushner prefers to have the job. He wants the responsibility of the role.
He also appeared on Fox News in a rare one-on-one interview a few days ago. He hardly ever speaks to the press. It definitely looks like he's taking a more public role.
Just imagine: Trump puts a member of his family, someone who is also being discussed as being at risk in the Mueller report, as his top guy in the Oval.
Here's the definition of cronyism: the appointment of friends and associates to positions of authority, without proper regard to their qualifications.
Kushner being the Chief of Staff meets that definition exactly.
But, hey, why stop now? Ivanka Trump and him are already senior advisors in the administration. And, Trump has said in the past to Jared: "If you can't get peace in the middle east, no one can." That shows Trump has a lot of confidence in him even if he wasn't able to actually get anything done in that regard.
While the appointment hasn't been confirmed yet, and maybe he doesn't get the job, the mere fact that Trump is considering it in the first place is very telling.