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For a while, it appeared that Nick Ayers, the chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence, would take the job. However, he squashed those rumors on Sunday with a tweet.
The president also addressed the rumors on Twitter on Sunday night.
“I am in the process of interviewing some really great people for the position of White House Chief of Staff. Fake News has been saying with certainty it was Nick Ayers, a spectacular person who will always be with our #MAGA agenda. I will be making a decision soon!” he wrote.
I am in the process of interviewing some really great people for the position of White House Chief of Staff. Fake News has been saying with certainty it was Nick Ayers, a spectacular person who will always be with our #MAGA agenda. I will be making a decision soon!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2018
That left the field of candidates wide open. Some reports have suggested that Mick Mulvaney, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and Robert Lighthizer are also in the running to replace Kelly.
There was even some speculation that Randy Levine, the president of the New York Yankees, was being considered.
However, Twitter decided to speculate about (perhaps less probable) candidates. Some were… out of left field.
Will you be my chief of staff? pic.twitter.com/YYiqnV3ONL— Rob Pax Covfefe (@rob_in_colorado) December 10, 2018
Trump widens Chief of Staff search. pic.twitter.com/Rhih0z7uq6— Schooley (@Rschooley) December 9, 2018
Trump reveals new Chief of Staff pic.twitter.com/tI0ZqMva44— Miss Texas 1967 (@MsTexas1967) December 10, 2018
All the other candidates lining up to be Trump’s chief of staff right now.... pic.twitter.com/fV55prACb3— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) December 9, 2018
Search For White House Chief Of Staff Narrowed To Two Candidates pic.twitter.com/blSQtZb3Ng— Mark Peters (@wordlust) December 10, 2018
Chief of Staff candidates ... pic.twitter.com/xpsbnmxboP— Jim Early (@mkearley2008) December 10, 2018
This week Trump will be interviewing a number of alternative candidates to replace John Kelly as Chief of Staff. pic.twitter.com/BAuilTdaDV— Abraxsys (@Abraxsys) December 10, 2018
How about Kanye as your next Chief of Staff? pic.twitter.com/xD0D0GHvf5— Papa Santos (@jedimasterpapa) December 10, 2018
Obviously Gritty made its way into the running.
Not many possible candidates left for White House Chief Of Staff, but if you need a suggestion pic.twitter.com/3JbbLpWekJ— brianvan (@brianvan) December 10, 2018
And some of the more popular news items of the day were also floated out there.
Trump's next Chief of Staff. pic.twitter.com/IZ3ERgJ8gv— Real Fake P0TUS (@RF_P0TUS) December 10, 2018
Our money is on Gritty.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).