Donald Trump is reportedly considering his own son-in-law Jared Kushner for chief of staff job
Reports of Kushner's potential candidacy emerged shortly before President Trump claimed that he already had five candidates who are vying for the job
President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior White House aide, Jared Kushner, reportedly lobbied with the Republican on Thursday to become his chief of staff. Kushner, who already has an office next to the Oval Office, reportedly pushed for his candidacy and has a meeting scheduled for next Wednesday for the role, according to the Huffington Post.
Kushner reportedly claimed that he could work with Democrats, and one of the sources for the report ridiculed it, saying: "I don't know why he thinks that, when the Democrats are mainly going to be coming after Trump."
Reports of Kushner's potential candidacy emerged shortly before President Trump claimed that he already had five candidates who are vying for the job. Although he did not mention who these five candidates were, it is believed that he is considering Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin for the top job.
Trump, while talking to reporters on Thursday, said: "Five people. Really good ones. Terrific people. Mostly well known, but terrific people." White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, while talking about Kushner's claim for the seat, said that she has been blindsided, however, she suggested that it was a real possibility.
"I'm not aware that he's under consideration but as I think all of us here would recognize he will be great in any role the president chooses to put him in," she said. "He has tremendous job on a number of fronts whether it was on trade or what we saw play out in the last week on criminal justice reform."
President Trump, in a White House statement on Wednesday, ruled out North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, who is the only Republican who has openly expressed an interest in the job. Trump said that he wants Meadows to stay in Congress. Trump's plan for the top position turned awry when his first pick for the position, Nick Ayes, turned down the president's proposition unexpectedly.
"Congressman Mark Meadows is a great friend to President Trump and is doing an incredible job in Congress. The President told him we need him in Congress so he can continue the great work he is doing there," Sanders said.