Ayers, who is currently Vice President Pence’s chief of staff, announced in a tweet Sunday evening that he will leave the White House at the end of the year.
Nick Ayers, Vice President Pence’s chief of staff, is widely expected to be Kelly’s replacement.
The opportunity to name the top U.S. officer represents an important way in which the president will shape the military.
Among White House officials, there is broad consensus that John F. Kelly’s days are numbered.
Nauert is the latest transplant from Fox News to be elevated to positions in the White House.
President Trump favors the bipartisan legislation, but McConnell has signaled that funding the government, the farm bill and confirming judges are higher priorities.
Chinese anger has injected new unpredictability into the negotiations.
The former attorney general under George H.W. Bush could get the job again amid intense partisanship over Russia probe.
Markets dive as U.S. and Beijing offer different accounts of deal, and as key provisions remain unsettled.
The president faced rare booing from Republican lawmakers when he criticized Rep. Mark Sanford of South Carolina, who was not in the room.