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Mick Mulvaney tabbed as Trump’s acting chief of staff

December 14, 2018

President Trump said Friday that he’s tapped Mick Mulvaney to be acting chief of staff at the White House, adding yet another role to the man who’s already his budget director.

Mr. Mulvaney will take over for current Chief of Staff John Kelly, who is leaving at the end of the year.

Mr. Mulvaney, a former Republican congressman, had been doing double-duty for the last year as both chief of the Office of Management and Budget, which is the nerve center of the administration, and as acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The CFBP got a new permanent director last week, so Mr. Mulvaney is free of those duties and now will fill that time with the White House role.

As OMB director Mr. Mulvaney was a mostly behind-the-scenes advocate for the president’s policies, overseeing the push to limit government regulations and advancing Mr. Trump’s spending priorities.

He has been the president’s utility player, rumored to be in line for a number of high-level administration jobs.

Mr. Trump made the announcement via Twitter. The move gives him some breathing space to search for a permanent chief of staff after a number of high-profile candidates took themselves out of the running for the job.

“Mick has done an outstanding job while in the administration,” Mr. Trump said. “I look forward to working with him in this new capacity as we continue to make America great again!”

He also called Mr. Kelly “a great patriot.”

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