36-year-old Nick Ayers has turned down a job offer from American President Donald Trump. In December, he was asked to take over from John Kelly as White House chief of staff – as Kelly announced he would leave by the end of the year. But the next day, Ayers, who was then chief of staff to Mike Pence, tweeted his thanks to both the president and the vice-president, stating he would “be departing from the White House at the end of the year” because of family commitments. Trump is reported to be looking for a chief of staff to be in place through to the 2020 election and Nick Ayers had emerged as a front-runner to replace Kelly.
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