01:41 - Source: CNN
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Marc Short is returning to the Trump administration with a new title: chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence.

Short, who previously served as the President Donald Trump’s White House legislative affairs director before stepping down last summer, will replace Nick Ayers. Ayers left at the end of last year after he declined an offer to become Trump’s chief of staff because the two could not agree to a time commitment.

Short, who worked for Pence during the 2016 campaign, will have an office in the West Wing. He’s taking an usual step by returning to the administration – something most staffers who have left the Trump White House haven’t done.

It remains to be seen if Short will return to the visible role he held before, when he regularly defended the President on television.

During his brief time out of the White House, Short joined a consulting firm, taught at the University of Virginia’s business school and appeared on CNN as a paid contributor. He no longer is paid by CNN.