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Nick Ayers is Trump's next Chief Legal Officer – unless his enemies can stop him

Story Continued Below ] It seemed like a complete deal, except for a complication: The position was not open yet.…

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] It seemed like a complete deal, except for a complication: The position was not open yet. John Kelly was still at work, but unbelievable. White House officials now believe they end up The gene will change and say they expect Kelly to leave a y day now.

It seems like clearing the way for Ayers. But the lay-off allowed for a month-long lobby campaign for and against 36-year-old Ayers, currently vice president Mike Pence’s top helper. Ayers’ opponents – who consider him ambitious and unreliable – have lobbied Trump against following the offer. Some senior witnesses have also threatened to resign if he does not.

“People are threatened by Nick’s age and his reputation as the this young political savant, “said a former White House official.” He has the approvals of Jared [Kushner] Ivanka [Trump] and Pence, but not many fans beyond that. That’s not to say that the majority of the West Edge will run out, but there are some coworkers who will leave because of him. “

It is therefore unclear whether Trump’s offer is still available, although White House officials say no clear alternative has arisen.

Ayers encourages saying he would be a perfect antidote to those political challenges over the next two years, including House Democratic Investigations and an upcoming election campaign in 2020.

“The problem with Kelly is that you can not get the least political political person in Washington who is politically most political in Washington. You need a bona fide Machiavellian killer. That’s what the president needs for his part in the next two years, “said a former White House official in describing Ayers.

A white house official said he did not believe that Ayer’s opposition would float the president and noted that Trump has a strong desire to install a more political expert aide as his chief of staff for the 2020 rescue campaign.

Alex Conant, who worked with Ayers during Tim Pawlenty’s failed 2012 presidential bid, promised Ayers on Friday as a performance-oriented operation. (Ayers, who ran Pawlentys campaign was later criticized for his leadership.)

“If President Trump hires him, I expect that it’s because Nick is someone who drives a tight ship and will manage a team to get the boss boss want,” said Conant , now a partner at Firman Strategies. “He will be able to avoid some of the mistakes Kelly and [former chief of staff Reince] Priebus did. He also knows a lot of politicians, given his experience over the last 15 years – not to mention he is very popular with the donor class. Although he is young, he takes very much to any institution. “

In recent days, the internal conversation within the White House has changed to the best way to give Kelly a graceful exit. This comes only five months after Trump and Kelly assured staff that Kelly would remain on place through the 2020 campaign – a statement that few assistants and advisors believed at the time.

White House officials hope Kelly will be able to resign instead of being fired by tweet. First Lady Melania Trump has urged the president not to burn a four-star general but instead allowed him to leave his own terms. Her spokesman did not respond to requests for comments.

Until then, White House assistants and close allies call Ayers prime to take place, although they emphasize that nothing trum final is final until the president himself announces that an informal job is not ironic. Meanwhile, Trump – who likes to beta-test their human resources department – asked confidence about their views about Ayers since July.

Ayers did not respond to a request for comments.

Long-term Trump observers and allies also stressed that any incoming chief justice officer is unlikely to fundamentally change a gut-driven president hanging together to control him.

“A staff manager of Donald Trump is a fact and almost does not have any influence,” said Tony Schwartz, who wrote the 1987 book “The Art of the Deal” with Trump. “Trumps Human Resources Manager is Trump and will always be.”

If he is aware of any previous advisor in the whole of Trump’s business career who could iron him, Schwartz simply said “No and not even close.”

Part of Ayer’s ascension inside the west flange comes from his own economy, political instincts and his close relationship with the Trump family, but some are due to the fact that there are few other viable candidates, especially when Trump continues to pursue a large staff cookie before the holiday.

“I think he gets it by default,” said a third former White House official about Ayers. “There is no one that really fits well.”

The former official said that Ayers has a number of potential shortcomings, including little knowledge of politics – but it can not be anything among a divided government.

Inside the White House, Ayers has built his relationship with the president by often visiting Trump’s weekly private lunches with the vice president, where Ayers, Kelly and Pence are typically the president’s only guests. He also falsified his relationship with the Trump children during the hectic 2016 campaign, where he acted as an external advisor and consultant before becoming Vice President’s Chief Legal Counsel in July 2017.

Some other names have emerged as potential candidates for chief jurist including state secretary Steven Mnuchin who also has a close relationship with the Trump children. However, Mnuchin has told friends that he is pleased to run the Ministry of Finance.

The outstanding question is whether a senior lawyer can effectively work within the Trump Administration, where the president prefers to always run the show. 19659004] Kelly did the best he could, said Leon Panetta, former Chief of Staff of President Bill Clinton, but “a basic problem is that he is dealing with a president who resists some kind of discipline and that means the head of the staff you are constantly in a reactive mode and must do constant repair work. “

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