Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney discusses the possible government shutdown on Jan. 19, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Trump appoints budget chief Mick Mulvaney to replace John Kelly as White House chief of staff

Struggling to find anyone who wants the job, President Trump on Friday tapped Mick Mulvaney as acting White House chief of staff — even though he already serves in two high-ranking government positions.

Mulvaney, who’s part of Trump’s Cabinet as the management and budget director and concurrently serves as the acting czar of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, will add chief of staff duties to his already crammed schedule when John Kelly steps down at the end of the year, Trump said.

“Mick has done an outstanding job while in the Administration,” Trump tweeted. “I look forward to working with him in this new capacity as we continue to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! John will be staying until the end of the year. He is a GREAT PATRIOT and I want to personally thank him for his service!”

The announcement comes after Nick Ayers, an aide to Vice President Pence and Trump’s preferred chief of staff candidate, unexpectedly announced he’ll be leaving the White House at the end of the year.

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was also under consideration for the gate-keeping White House post, followed suit and issued a statement earlier Friday that he wouldn’t take the job even if Trump offered it to him.

 

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