Yankees president Randy Levine shoots down report that he's a candidate for President Trump's chief of staff

Yankees president Randy Levine shoots down report that he's a candidate for President Trump's chief of staff
Yankee president Randy Levine has been mentioned as a possible White House chief of staff replacement for John Kelly. (John Minchillo / AP)

Yankee president Randy Levine shot down rumors Monday that he could be tapped to be the next White House chief of staff.

The Bomber big wig’s name was tossed out by MSNBC Monday morning as one of the many possible replacement for President Trump’s out-going Chief of Staff John Kelly, who announced over the weekend that he will be leaving at the end of the year.


“No one from the White House has called me about the chief of staff job,” Levine told the Daily News. “I respect the President but I'm very happy as the president of the Yankees."

He said the report of his trade caught him by surprise.

“I’ve been in meetings all day and my phone just blew up,” he said.

Many names, beside Levine’s, have been pitched, but so far no front runners have emerged for what is thought of D.C.’s toughest jobs.

The President’s top pick for the job, Nick Ayers, who serves as chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, turned down the job, announcing he was leaving.

Trump denied that Ayers was even in the running in a tweet on Sunday.

“I will be making a decision soon!” he said.

Office of Management and the Budget director Mick Mulvaney and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the chair of the House Freedom Caucus were other names floated for the position.

Levine, a Brooklyn-born lawyer who worked on John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, would not be such a strange pick for the job.

He was a deputy mayor under Rudy Giuliani and worked in the Department of Justice during the Reagan Administration.

Levine would be no yes-man in the job. In 2017, he excoriated Trump in an op-ed published by the conservative website Newsmax regarding the President’s tax cut plan.

"When you ran and won, you ran on draining the swamp, not giving new life to it. You ran on tax cuts, not on the swamp's idea of tax reform where special interests win," Levine wrote.

With News Wire Services