Rep. Gaetz: Jared Kushner Will Be Trump's Next Chief of Staff
Rep. Matt Gaetz made a bold prediction Friday on "Outnumbered Overtime," forecasting that Jared Kushner will be named as President Trump's next chief of staff.
The Florida Republican told Harris Faulkner that he was making an "informed guess" on who will replace John Kelly and said Trump will soon select his son-in-law.
"I believe the president views this ... conflict period coming up with House Democrats as one where he needs loyalist people closest to him. I'll go ahead and make that prediction," he said.
The comments came shortly after former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) reportedly removed himself from consideration for the position after a meeting with Trump.
Trump announced last weekend that Kelly would depart at the end of the year. Many expected Nick Ayers, Vice President Pence's chief of staff, to assume the role, but he also decided he will be leaving the administration.
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) was under consideration for the position, but Trump said earlier this week he prefers to have Meadows stay in Congress. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was also rumored to be in the running for the job, but knocked down that speculation Thursday on Fox News.
Kushner was asked about Kelly's departure in an interview on "Hannity" earlier this week, saying the president will make a choice "when he is ready."
"Hopefully he’ll choose someone he’s got great chemistry with, a great relationship with, who will help him navigate the next couple of years, with all the good opportunities that will emerge, to keep pushing forward."
Late Friday, President Trump announced that OMB Director Mick Mulvaney, a former South Carolina Republican congressman, will serve as "acting chief of staff" when Kelly leaves the post.