close tovideo trump: Mick Mulvaney of acting chief of staff of the White house
President Trump says budget Director Mick Mulvaney will serve as acting chief of staff, replaced by John Kelly in the new year.
President Trump on Friday named White house budget Director Mick Mulvaney, as its new acting chief of staff, said the former South Carolina Republican Congressman replaced John Kelly as his top aides.
“I am pleased to announce that Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management & Budget, will Act in the name, the White house chief of staff, replacing General John Kelly, has tweeted served our country with distinction,” Trump. “Mick has done an excellent job while in the management. I look forward to working with him in this new capacity as we continue to make AMERICA Great AGAIN!”
The President said Kelly, who recently announced exit plans, the White house, will remain until 2018.
“John will remain until the end of the year”, ” Trump tweeted. “He is a Great PATRIOT, and I would like to personally thank him for his service!”
The President has not said why Mulvaney serve in an “acting” skills.
Mulvaney, who served in Congress before he was the trombone administration, also served as Deputy Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, while he at the same time, the White house budget office.
In a tweet, Mulvaney said, “This is a tremendous honor. I look forward to working with the President and the entire team. It’s going to be a great 2019!”
A senior administration official quoted in Mulvaney’s experience as a “former member of Congress,” and Trump said chosen him, because he and the President “together.”
“He knows the Congress. He knows Capitol Hill,” the official said Mulvaney.
The official said Russ Vought, Mulvaney’s current Deputy at the OMB, is responsible for Mulvaney in the budget office, while Mulvaney is the chief of staff of the office. The official said there was “no timetable” for how long Mulvaney serve in an “acting” skills.
Ivanka Trump, the President’s daughter and a White house adviser, praised Mulvaney, while thanking Kelly for his service.
“Congratulations Director Mulvaney!!” Ivanka Trump on Twitter. “You will undoubtedly be inspired to continue to impress in this new role, as in the case of OMB. Thank you, General Kelly, for nearly 2 years, the leadership in this government and for a lifetime of service to our great nation!”
Earlier Friday, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie withdrew from consideration to serve as chief of staff.
“It is an honor that the President looks like me as he choose a new chief of staff of the White house,” Christie said in a statement. “But, I have told the President not to commit to that now is the right time for me or my family, this is a serious assignment. As a result, I have not asked him to keep me in his thoughts for this post”.
Before the announcement Mulvaney, Trump seemed to be struggling to several contenders, which was thought of for the work: Vice President of Pence-chief of staff, Nick Ayers, originally, a top-choice for President, but he withdrew from consideration.
North Carolina REP. Mark Meadows, a Republican ally of the trump on Capitol Hill, was interested in the job, but the White house said the President wanted him to stay in Congress.
In an interview with Fox News’ Harris Faulkner on “outnumbered Overtime” on Thursday, the President the replacement and said discussed in his search for Kelly, he wants “someone who want to be strong, but I, someone who thinks the way I do.”
Fox News’ Kristin brown and Matt Leach contributed to this report.