Rep. Meadows on WH Chief of Staff Speculation: 'I'm Favorably Inclined' to Discuss It With Pres. Trump
Rep. Mark Meadows responded to speculation Monday that he's among a list of contenders to replace John Kelly as White House Chief of Staff.
President Trump announced last week that Kelly, one of his first Cabinet picks, would be leaving his role at year's end.
Although Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, was considered to replace Kelly, he too announced that he'd be leaving at the end of the year.
Meadows (R-N.C.), chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, told Martha MacCallum on Monday that there needs to be someone to support Trump in ensuring America is great.
"You don't answer a question before it's asked but I can say this, that because it's an honor, certainly I'm favorably inclined to have a discussion with the president," he said.
Meadows said that he's yet to speak with President Trump about the position since Ayers announced he'd be stepping down.
Trump tweeted that he would be "making a decision soon" regarding his chief of staff, and that Ayers will always be with his "Make America Great Again" agenda.
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
Meadows said the role of chief of staff is demanding and Trump will be "thoughtful" with whichever candidate he chooses.
"Empower the staff there," he said of Kelly's potential replacement. "Allow the president to not only initiate the things that he thinks are important, but prioritize those with Congress."