Trump announces Mick Mulvaney as new acting White House chief of staff


President Donald Trump wants everyone to know that Mick Mulvaney was not a last-ditch option to replace chief of staff John Kelly.

Mick Mulvaney, who now serves as Trump's director of the Office of Budget Management, was promoted late this week to serve in the role of "acting" chief of staff - which implies that the search for a permanent replacement for current Chief of Staff John Kelly is still on. 'But as I think all of us here would recognize, he will be great in any role that the president chooses to put him in'.

Mulvaney's "not going to squash" Trump's instincts, said Paul, who welcomed the congressman as an early supporter of his own libertarian-leaning presidential bid in 2015.

Christie had been Trump's leading candidate as the president considers a successor to John Kelly, according to two people familiar with the matter. Trump thanked Kelly for his service on Twitter and said he is a "GREAT PATRIOT".

The media reported numerous stories of strife between John Kelly and the president, but both denied and rejected those reports often. Just last week Mulvaney was tasked with announcing the president's 120-page plan to reform and reorganize the entire federal government. "They get along", the official said. As I noted here, he's been an important member of the administration.

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Mulvaney is about as solid a pick as Trump could make under the circumstances.

Trump has sought to dispel the notion that Ayers spurned him, insisting he's been approached by a dozen potential candidates who wanted the job. He often appears on Sunday television talk shows to defend Trump's policies.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Mulvaney is not resigning as OMB director.

The President's first choice as replacement was Nick Ayers, Vice-President Mike Pence's chief of staff, who bowed out after being unable to come to an agreement on how long he would serve in the role.

Mulvaney tweeted about his new job: "This is a tremendous honor". The decision caught the president and many senior staffers by surprise, and Trump soon found that others he considered front-runners were not interested in the job.