Trump's next chief of staff may be walking into a nightmare
The job of White House chief of staff is close to impossible at the best of times, but President Donald Trump's new West Wing enforcer faces an even tougher mission -- one that may eventually evolve into an effort to save his presidency itself.
The next chief will walk into a White House engulfed in scandal, in the sights of special counsel Robert Mueller and newly empowered Democrats, at what is shaping up as one of the most grave constitutional moments in US history.
The long-expected departure of the current incumbent, John Kelly, announced by Trump on Saturday, comes at a time of instability and crisis that is remarkable even for this riotous administration where turbulence is the rule.
Nick Ayers, a rising political star in the GOP -- who had long been considered Kelly's likely replacement after serving as Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff -- announced Sunday he would not take the position after talks with Trump.