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Over the weekend, President Trump announced that Chief of Staff John Kelly is on his way out. On Saturday, Trump told the press that Kelly would be gone by the end of the year. Quickly, word began circulating that Nick Ayers, currently a top vice-presidential aide, was in line for the job.

But Ayers said no—he couldn’t honor Trump’s requested commitment of two years, according to Axios. Ayers says he’s leaving the White House at the end of the year himself, reportedly to go run the pro-Trump super-PAC America First.

So, who will be replacing Kelly in a few short weeks? We have no idea, and neither, it seems, does Trump.

Axios reports that one name the president is considering is Rep. Mark Meadows, who heads the ghoulish, hyper-conservative House Freedom Caucus. According to Bloomberg, other candidates include U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, budget director Mick Mulvaney, and Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker (yes, the patent scam company guy).

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Trump says there will be a replacement announced by the end of the year. Whichever one of these goons ends taking Kelly’s spot (who, by the way, was awful), we look forward to seeing how their unique brand of evil mingles with the rest of Trump’s dwindling cast of idiots.