White House Praises Snow, Mum on Job Speculation

The White House Monday called Treasury Secretary John Snow (search) an "outstanding member" of President Bush's economic team but declined to say whether Bush wants him to stay on.

"We appreciate the great job that Secretary Snow is doing. He's an outstanding member of this team," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said. "We will keep you posted when we have things to announce."

Snow's fate is the last major question mark for Bush's second-term Cabinet, after administration officials let it be known last week that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld (search) would be staying on.

Eight of the 15 members of Bush's Cabinet have said they would leave since Election Day, Nov 2.

Expectations that Snow would stay on for at least six months have yielded to a belief in recent days he may make a hastier exit.

White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card (search) has been mentioned as a possible replacement, but a senior White House official Monday said flatly that this was not true, that Card was staying in his