Trump says he's angry, feels "humiliated" for being turned down (VIDEO)
President Donald Trump has stayed behind closed doors for most of Monday, and he's "pissed" reports CNN's Jim Acosta.
Previously today we noted that Trump only had one item on his schedule today, a lunch with Vice President Mike Pence. We also reported that Trump was being turned down by multiple people for his Chief of Staff position, preferring the job go to Pence's chief of staff Nick Ayers.
We are now getting word that Trump is angry and feeling humiliated by Ayers for the rejection. That was probably what was discussed, in part, at the lunch today.
lol "Multiple sources telling CNN Mr. Trump is angry and feels humiliated after he was turned down" pic.twitter.com/oXcOfFv1co— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) December 10, 2018
So - that's the reporting coming out of CNN. Trump claims CNN is "fake news," though. The problem is, they're not the only ones confirming the story.
NEW: A source close to Mulvaney tells me he is no longer interested in COS job, Mnuchin and Lighthizer sending out same signals.... list of potential replacements for Kelly shrinking by the hour.— Nancy Cook (@nancook) December 10, 2018
Since running the story yesterday that Trump is getting multiple rejections in addition to Ayers, newfound attention is being put on the reality of the situation, and the real reason people aren't wanting the job.
“You really do have to wonder why anybody would want to be Donald Trump’s White House chief of staff given that, so far, it’s been mission impossible,” said Chris Whipple, author of "The Gatekeepers," a history of White House chiefs of staff.
“This White House is headed into a world of trouble — a Democratic Congress, Mueller closing in, and anybody who comes into this White House has to be thinking about lawyering up. Worst-case scenario, you could become H.R. Haldeman,” Whipple added, referring to the chief of staff to President Richard Nixon who ended up serving 18 months behind bars.
While yesterday it appeared that no one wanted the job, the reality is a bit different. One person went public saying they would be honored. That person is North Carolina rep. Mark Meadows.
“Serving as Chief of Staff would be an incredible honor. The President has a long list of qualified candidates and I know he'll make the best selection for his administration and for the country," he told Politico.
So - there you have it - Trump is fuming, angry, and humiliated. And, he took the day off because of it. But, one guy, at least, says he'll take the job.