Published: Sun, December 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Trump names Mick Mulvaney as acting White House chief of staff

Trump names Mick Mulvaney as acting White House chief of staff

Mulvaney, a former Republican congressman from SC and known as a fiscal hawk, besides running OMB has also been the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which he scaled back.

"This is a tremendous honor", he wrote shortly after Trump broke the news.

"The President told him we need him in Congress so he can continue the great work he is doing there", she said in a statement on December 13. "It's going to be a great 2019!" The president will need all the skills of his chief of staff and everyone else in the White House.

As Kelly prepares to leave the West Wing, the president must choose his replacement.

Rep. Mark Meadows, the North Carolina congressman who leads the conservative House Freedom Caucus, initially expressed interest in the job, but Trump told him he'd prefer Meadows remain in Congress.

"There's no time limit". In past administrations, chief of staff was a sought-after job, typically awarded after a careful process. Mulvaney could lose the "acting" part of his title if things go well, according to one senior administration official.

It's not clear if Trump was aware of the video before he named Mulvaney to become his next chief of staff or even if he was aware of its existence before he named him to serve in the administration prior. When reporters asked why Mulvaney was not named Trump's permanent choice, the official said, "Because that's what the president wants".

The announcement ends days of speculation about the new White House chief of staff - one of the most prestigious jobs in Washington. The current chief is fine.

Kelly, a retired general and former secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, had been chief of staff since July 2017.

Mulvaney "will let Trump be Trump", Sen.

Sanders said Vought "will handle day to day operations and run OMB".

Under Trump, the chief of staff has been heavily involved in damage control and attempting to manage what has been a chaotic presidency. He replaced Reince Priebus, who had the job for six months. Many people think he's already completely over his head and shouldn't be up for the position. He is also expected to tangle with the Democrats and Republicans over funding of the wall President Trump is promising to build.

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