Insecure Trump just desperately tried to spin his Chief of Staff replacement mess in whiny tweet

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President Trump took to Twitter this evening with a face-saving declaration after the news leaked earlier today that the rumored top candidate to replace his Chief of Staff John Kelly — Vice-President Pence’s own Chief of Staff Nick Ayers — had turned down the job, citing family obligations as an excuse.

Ayers himself sent a tweet thanking the president and announcing that he will be leaving the White House at the end of the year, leaving both the Trump and Pence without anyone serving as their Chiefs of Staff.

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https://twitter.com/nick_ayers/status/1071879332283453440

While Trump implies that the decision to refuse Ayers offer to temporarily fill in for Kelly until the spring was his own, Ayers’ rapid departure from Washington indicates otherwise, and many Twitter denizens just didn’t buy it.

The New York Times White House Correspondent Maggie Haberman, likely the person Trump is referring to when he said that “Fake News has been saying with certainty it was Nick Ayers,” confirmed that the decision was Ayers own and that Trump didn’t have a serious backup candidate, something Trump’s vagueness in his tweet seems to support.

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Other Twitter users questioned what the real reason that Ayers turned the normally prestigious position down was, believing that he was making a smart choice in avoiding what is essentially a suicide mission.

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Others thought that, given the fate of many of the other top associates to the president, Ayers was simply avoiding jumping into a spotlight that would invite further scrutiny of his own actions in office.

Whatever Ayers real reasons for turning down the Chief of Staff job, now speculation on whom Trump will choose is running rampant.

If any of those names weren’t enough to send a chill down your spine, consider the fact that the other name being bandied about to replace John Kelly is his arch-rival, Ivanka Trump.

Whomever Trump picks as his next Chief of Staff he will be facing a dwindling pool of candidates who want to be associated with an administration in its final death throes. The staff turnover at the White House during the Trump administration has been unprecedented, as the list below demonstrates

With a scorecard like this, it’s not surprising that one Twitter wag congratulated Ayers for setting a new record in the Trump White House for the shortest longevity, using the standard measure.

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Vinnie Longobardo is a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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