According to CNN's Kaitlan Collins, Ayers wouldn't commit to working for two full years with the White House. Because the president and Ayers couldn't agree on a timeline, negotiations have failed.
Meanwhile, the White House doesn't have a contingency plan for Ayers not accepting the job.
Kelly had agreed to a timeline that would continue until the 2020 election, but just five months after making that commitment, President Donald Trump announced Kelly was leaving by the end of 2018.
"Thank you @realDonaldTrump, @VP, and my great colleagues for the honor to serve our Nation at The White House. I will be departing at the end of the year but will work with the #MAGA team to advance the cause," Ayers tweeted Sunday.
Thank you @realDonaldTrump, @VP, and my great colleagues for the honor to serve our Nation at The White House. I wi… https://t.co/PnWg9raOYP— Nick Ayers (@Nick Ayers)1544390922.0