Trump’s son-in-law is currently a senior White House advisor
The latest name being floated as President Donald Trump’s potential next chief of staff is Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, according to multiple sources.
Kushner’s interest in the job was first reported by S.V. Date of HuffPost, who cited “a top Republican close to the White House” and “two others close to Trump or the White House” who spoke on the condition of anonymity “to discuss the president’s staffing considerations freely.” CBS News’s Major Garrett also confirmed the report.
Kushner reportedly met with Trump about the job Wednesday.
Trump has said there are five people on his short list of candidates for the job, which will be held by John Kelly until the end of the year.
Would Kushner want the job? New York Times White House reporter Maggie Haberman said Kushner pursuing the chief of staff job would be out of character.
“Vying for the actual title of chief of staff is really not fitting with Kushner’s MO, which has historically been dipping in and out of roles in shadow fashion without the accountability of a title,” Haberman tweeted.
Multiple denials: At least two people previously considered for the job, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff Nick Ayers and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) withdrew their names from consideration early in the search process.
Chris Christie in the mix? Former New Jersey governor and Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie met with Trump on Thursday evening to discuss the chief of staff job, according to Axios.
An interesting tidbit: Christie, as U.S. attorney for New Jersey, prosecuted Kushner’s father, Charles, who pleaded guilty to 18 counts of tax evasion, witness tampering and illegal campaign donations in 2004.