Kushner for White House Chief of Staff?

Trump reportedly considering his own son-in-law to replace John Kelly.

Ben Ariel,

Jared Kushner
Jared Kushner

US President Donald Trump is reportedly considering his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, for White House Chief of Staff, Huffington Post reported Thursday.

Kushner met with Trump on Wednesday about the job, according to a top Republican close to the White House who spoke to the news website.

Kushner has been pushing his own candidacy with Trump, citing his work on a criminal justice reform package and a claimed ability to work with Democrats, one person said.

“I don’t know why he thinks that, when the Democrats are mainly going to be coming after Trump,” the source said.

The White House did not respond to HuffPost’s queries about Kushner’s prospects for the job.

Trump announced last week that current Chief of Staff, John Kelly, will leave his post by the end of the year.

Initial reports indicated he was interested in appointing Nick Ayers, an aide to US Vice President Mike Pence, for the position, but Ayers announced in a tweet on Sunday that he would be leaving the White House at the end of year.

Trump told reporters Thursday that he is down to five finalists. “We are interviewing people now for chief of staff,” he said at a photo opportunity with newly elected governors who were visiting the White House, according to HuffPost.

After Ayers turned the job down, Trump tried to recruit Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, top economic adviser Larry Kudlow and North Carolina Republican Congressman Mark Meadows, all of whom declined, one source said.