The public has grown accustomed to staffing shake ups at the White House. People have even come to expect that the White House staff is in a constant state of change due to the President’s propensity toward chaos.
While the nation’s focus has rightfully been on increasing tension with North Korea and a President who is spending 17 days at his own New Jersey golf club, Vice President Mike Pence was quietly making a staffing change of his own.
The VP Hires a New Chief of Staff
Vice President Mike Pence replaced his long serving chief of staff Josh Pitcock with strong political operative Nick Ayers.
Ayers has been in contact with the Vice President for months and had not previously joined the White House team in part, because of a feud with Reince Priebus. Since Priebus left the White House, the way was paved for Ayers.
While all attention has been focused on the new White House Chief of Staff’s ability to change the behavior of the Trump White House, Ayers has been undergoing a similar effort in the opposite direction with the Vice President.
Ayers has been warning the Vice President for some time that the President’s many troubles could damage Pence and his future political aspirations. At only 58, the VP hopes to have a significant political career post-Trump. Ayers wants the Vice President to take a more aggressive stand on many issues to secure his future political prospects better.
While General Kelly hopes to bring order to Trump’s chaos and reign in the often unpredictable President, Ayers is encouraging the VP and aides to take a more assertive tone. Ayers was a critical asset during the campaign, serving as an intermediary between Pence World and Trump Tower. His presence in the West Wing was supported by Presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner and chief strategist Steve Bannon.