The Latest: Trump denies that few want chief of staff job

The Latest: Trump denies that few want chief of staff job
FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2017 file photo, Vice President Mike Pence, left, attends a meeting with Georgia opposition leaders in Tbilisi, Georgia. Chief of Staff to the Vice President, Nick Ayers, is right. Ayers, President Donald Trump's top pick to replace John Kelly as chief of staff, is no longer expected to fill that role, according to a White House official. The official says that Trump and Ayers could not agree on Ayers' length of service. (Zurab Kurtsikidze/Pool Photo via AP, File) (Source: Zurab Kurtsikidze)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's chief of staff (all times local):

8:55 a.m.

President Donald Trump is disputing news reports that he's having a hard time finding a new White House chief of staff.

In a tweet Tuesday disparaging the reports as "fake," Trump says many people, "over ten, are vying for and wanting the White House Chief of Staff position."

He asks: "Why wouldn't someone want one of the truly great and meaningful jobs in Washington?"

In this June 21, 2018 photo, White House chief of staff John Kelly listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a lunch with governors in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Trump says chief of staff John Kelly will leave his job at the end of the year.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
In this June 21, 2018 photo, White House chief of staff John Kelly listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a lunch with governors in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Trump says chief of staff John Kelly will leave his job at the end of the year.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (Source: Evan Vucci)

Trump is scrambling to find a new chief of staff after his first choice - Nick Ayers, the vice president's chief of staff - backed out at the last minute and several other potential candidates signaled they weren't interested in the job.

Trump announced Saturday that John Kelly, the current chief of staff, would leave the White House at the end of the year.

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12:24 a.m.

FILE - In a Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 file photo, Nick Ayers, right, listens as Supreme Court Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch waits for the arrival of the casket for former President George H.W. Bush to lie in State at the Capitol on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Donald Trump's top pick to replace John Kelly as chief of staff, Nick Ayers, is no longer expected to fill that role, according to a White House official. The official says that Trump and Ayers could not agree on Ayers' length of service. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via AP, Pool, File)
FILE - In a Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 file photo, Nick Ayers, right, listens as Supreme Court Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch waits for the arrival of the casket for former President George H.W. Bush to lie in State at the Capitol on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Donald Trump's top pick to replace John Kelly as chief of staff, Nick Ayers, is no longer expected to fill that role, according to a White House official. The official says that Trump and Ayers could not agree on Ayers' length of service. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via AP, Pool, File) (Source: Jabin Botsford)

Filling the spot of White House chief of staff has turned into a scramble with no clear front-runner.

President Donald Trump is getting opinions on a list of candidates, among them his budget director, Mick Mulvaney, as well as North Carolina congressman Mark Meadows.

Some people who are cropping up in the free-for-all discussion of possible successors to outgoing chief of staff John Kelly appear to be pulling themselves out of consideration.

White House chief of staff is widely acknowledged to be a demanding job in the best of circumstances. Trump's mercurial personality and his resistance to being managed make the position a unique challenge.

Graphic shows potential replacements for White House Chief of Staff John Kelly; 2c x 4 inches; 96.3 mm x 101 mm;
Graphic shows potential replacements for White House Chief of Staff John Kelly; 2c x 4 inches; 96.3 mm x 101 mm; (Source: k.vineys)

Kelly's replacement was believed to be Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, Nick Ayers, but Ayers pulled out of consideration over the weekend.