Trump Names Mick Mulvaney As Acting Chief Of Staff


President Trump on Friday named budget director Mick Mulvaney as his acting White House chief of staff, capping off a week of frenzied speculation about who would take over the key West Wing role. Russell Vought, Mulvaney’s deputy at OMB, will take over for Mulvaney while he serves as chief of staff.

Trump said in a pair of Twitter posts that Mulvaney would start at the beginning of next year after outgoing chief of staff John Kelly leaves his post.

“Mick has done an outstanding job while in the Administration,” Trump wrote. “I look forward to working with him in this new capacity as we continue to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”

Mulvaney in a tweet called the appointment a “tremendous honor” and said “it’s going to be a great 2019!”

The president praised Kelly’s service and called the retired Marine Corps general “a GREAT PATRIOT.”

Breitbart reports:

A senior administration official told White House reporters of the Mulvaney announcement, “There’s no time limit. He’s the acting chief of staff, which means he’s the chief of staff. He got picked because the president liked him they get along.” The official referred to Mulvaney’s prior experience as a congressman. “He knows Congress. He knows Capitol Hill,” the official said. “He knows Congress. He knows Capitol Hill.”

The official called Mulvaney “fiscally responsible.” According to the official, Mulvaney was informed of the decision separate from the president’s tweet and me with the president today at the White House. Further, the official said Kelly was pleased with the choice: “The current chief is happy. The current chief is fine. The current chief will stay till the end of the year.”

Ross Vought will serve as Mulvaney’s replacement as OMB Director.

“Mick was over here today working on budget stuff,” the official clarified. “They met face to face this afternoon.” The official responded to a question about why the president specified Mulvaney as “acting” chief: “Because that’s what the president wants.”

Another administration official added, “We’ll see… It’s what the president wants right now and, if we have anything else we’ll let you know.”


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