(WASHINGTON) -- Although the White House has not yet confirmed it, it is expected that upon Friday's likely announcement that current White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel will leave his role, Pete Rouse will be named Emanuel's replacement on an interim basis.
However, there is speculation that President Obama might choose another candidate to replace Emanuel. It is still possible that Ron Klain, Vice President Biden's chief of staff, may have a chance at the role. A White House source said that Deputy National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, another possible replacement, will likely stay with the National Security Staff.
Despite the possibilities for replacement alternatives, however, the White House press secretary did say Thursday, "Pete has been with Senator-elect, Senator, President-elect, and now President Obama."
Gibbs added, "There is complete loyalty and trust with somebody like Pete. Pete's strategic sense has played a big part in the direction of virtually every big decision that's made inside of this White House. So I think the type of trust that the president and others throughout this administration have in Pete is enormous.”
As reported earlier, ABC News has learned Emanuel's announcement will be made in the East Room of the White House, where President Obama will name Emanuel's successor.
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