Mick Mulvaney tapped as Trump's acting chief of staff

Mick Mulvaney tapped as Trump's acting chief of staff

"Mick Mulvaney will not resign from the Office Of Management and Budget, but will spend all of his time devoted to his role as the acting Chief Of Staff for the President".

U.S. President Donald Trump announced Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, as new acting White House chief of staff via Twitter on Friday.

For Trump, picking Mulvaney is effectively as close as possible to picking himself for chief of staff.

Kelly is slated to leave the administration by the end of the year.

But earlier this year, General Kelly was forced to deny he had called Mr Trump an "idiot".

"Many, over ten, are vying for and wanting the White House Chief of Staff position".

Mick Mulvaney tapped as Trump's acting chief of staff
Mick Mulvaney tapped as Trump's acting chief of staff

In a tweet, Mr Trump said Mr Mulvaney would take over from John Kelly, who will continue in the post until the end of the year.

White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Doug Hoelscher had said they'd be discussing "shared priorities", including workforce investment, prison reform and combating the opioid epidemic. "It's going to be a great 2019!" tweeted Mr. Mulvaney.

In the debate, he described Trump and his rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, as "perhaps two of the most flawed human beings running for president in the history of the country". But press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday night that Mulvaney will not resign that job even though he "will spend all of his time devoted to his role as the acting Chief Of Staff for the President".

The president also met with former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who served as an advisor during his 2016 presidential campaign, on Thursday.

Mulvaney co-founded the bipartisan Congressional Blockchain Caucus which is an alliance of lawmakers that promotes crypto use at the federal legislative level. (Reince Priebus was the first, from January to July of 2017). "As a result I have asked him to no longer keep me in any considerations for this post". The announcement capped off a week of speculation and rumors about who would replace Gen. John Kelly for the position.

Trump appeared to be clearly embarrassed as other candidates had turned down the job.


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