Associated Press Trump looking at several candidates for chief of staff

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KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS/NewscomPresident Donald Trump announced to reporters on Saturday that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly will step down by the end of the year, ending months of speculation about Kelly's potential exit date.

"A great guy", Trump said of the retired Marine Corps general as he left the White House for the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia.

Ayers announced his departure nearly in tandem with Trump announcing that his chief of staff, John Kelly, will be leaving by the end of the year.

"Fake News has been saying with certainty it was Nick Ayers, a spectacular person who will always be with our #MAGA agenda", he continued, adding that "I will be making a decision soon!"

Trump has privately told confidants he wants his new chief of staff to shift the goals of the West Wing away from legislation and toward politics, sources said.

"John Kelly will be leaving, I don't know if I can say retiring but great guy", Trump said. Trump increasingly bypassed Kelly to talk to old friends and outside advisers, tweet or make tactical moves against Kelly's advice.

No obvious successor was in sight and there was some fretting that Mr Trump may not be able to fill the job by the time Mr Kelly was set to leave around the end of the year.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Also on December 8, Trump announced Mark Milley will be the new head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, replacing Gen. Joseph Dunford, whose term ends next summer.

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David Bossie served on the Trump campaign in 2016 as deputy campaign manager.

As Democrats search for a candidate to run in the next elections in late 2020, James Comey - the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief abruptly fired by Trump after he came to power - said voters must "use every breath we have to make sure the lies stop on January 20, 2021".

-Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the House Freedom Caucus.

Mr. Comey urged voters Sunday night to end Mr. Trump's presidency with a "landslide" victory for the yet-to-be determined Democratic nominee in 2020.

It had been widely reported that Ayers was Trump's top pick to succeed Kelly.

The chief of staff is the highest-ranking White House official that is appointed by the president.

Ayers will run a pro-Trump super PAC, according to a person familiar with his plans who was not authorized to discuss them by name.

Another person close to several administration officials who is keeping close tabs on the process from outside the White House described the ongoing search as "chaos". However, reports of Kelly's imminent departure from the Oval Office have been circulating since February, with some White House officials predicting he would be forced out imminently.

Trump announced on December 7 that State Department spokesperson and undersecretary Heather Nauert will be taking over as US ambassador to the United Nations from Nikki Haley, who announced her resignation in October.

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