President Trump on Friday named current budget chief Mick Mulvaney to serve as his acting chief of staff.
Trump’s choice for the top White House gig came after former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, GOP congressman Mark Meadows, and Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff Nick Ayers all turned down the job.
“I am pleased to announce that Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management & Budget, will be named Acting White House Chief of Staff, replacing General John Kelly, who has served our Country with distinction,” Trump tweeted.
“Mick has done an outstanding job while in the Administration. I look forward to working with him in this new capacity as we continue to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
A senior administration official said that there was no time limit on Mulvaney’s “acting” role.
“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 said.
Trump said current chief of staff, John Kelly will be leaving at the end of the year.
“He is a GREAT PATRIOT and I want to personally thank him for his service!” Trump wrote about Kelly.
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