FAST FIVE: Nick Ayers Won't Be Next White House Chief Of Staff; Trump Considers Mark Meadows, Mick Mulvaney

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White House officials had recently described him as the front-runner for the position.

Mr Ayers has long planned to leave the administration at the end of the year.

#Georgia – Nick Ayers (@nick_ayers) December 9, 2018 Ayers has long been said to be the leading candidate to replace Kelly; his deep connections with Republican legislators and other Republican operatives have been cited as a crucial advantage over Kelly, who reportedly struggled to make inroads on Capitol Hill after taking the chief of staff job during the summer of 2017.

Nick Ayers In place of Ayers, Trump is considering tapping Freedom Caucus leader and North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows, Axios reported.

Mark Meadows, the chairman of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus, as John Kelly's permanent replacement, according to these three sources.

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