WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush dodged questions Tuesday about whether he would keep Treasury Secretary John Snow in his Cabinet but said he was eager to hear recommendations for change from his new chief of staff. Some staff changes are expected when Joshua Bolten, currently the budget director, moves into the West Wing to replace Andy Card, who has been chief of staff since Bush became president. Card’s last day is April 14. Republicans have urged Bush to make major staff changes to reinvigorate the administration and lift his approval ratings from record lows. Republicans close to the White House say they expect changes in Bush’s communications, congressional relations and domestic policy shops. The political team, led by deputy chief of staff Karl Rove, is believed to be immune to change. Critics have complained that Snow has not convinced the public that the economy is on a healthy upswing. Rumors about his departure created an awkward moment for Bush in the Roosevelt Room, where Bush discussed his initiative for health savings accounts. When a reporter asked whether Snow was expected to remain in the Cabinet, the president noted that Snow was in the room. “Secretary Snow is here at the table,” Bush said. “He’s been a part of this discussion. I’m glad you brought him up. He has been a valuable member of my administration, and I trust his judgment and appreciate his service.” But he did not say whether Snow would stay. Asked later why the president didn’t simply dispel rumors of a Snow departure, White House press secretary Scott McClellan replied: “We’ve had a long policy of never speculating about personnel matters.” McClellan ducked a question about his own fate. “I appreciate the question, and as I’ve said, I never speculate on personnel matters. Period,” he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!