Trump names budget director Mick Mulvaney as acting chief of staff

Trump considering son-in-law Kushner as next chief of staff: US media

Footage has emerged showing that Trump's pick for interim White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, described the president as a "terrible human being" days before the 2016 presidential election. "I look forward to working with him in this new capacity".

Trump has no deadline for deciding on a replacement for John Kelly, whose departure as chief of staff was announced last week, and, as always, he could change his mind, the source said.

Trump, in his tweet Friday, thanked Kelly for his service, calling him "a great patriot". According to the Huffington Post, Kushner has been lobbying to replace outgoing chief of staff John Kelly.

The same day, Trump further contested reports of struggle, claiming that there are more than 10 people clamoring for the role.

It was not immediately clear why the president decided to make Mulvaney's appointment temporary.

Key to his selection: Mulvaney and the president get along and the president likes him personally.

Like his father-in-law, he left NY real estate to become one of Washington's most powerful political players.

Trump has said he was talking to a number of candidates for the position, but a few of them took themselves out of the running. Mr Christie withdrew from consideration Friday afternoon.

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"This is a tremendous honour", Mulvaney tweeted. "It's going to be a great 2019!" tweeted Mr. Mulvaney.

He takes over from John Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general who will step down from the top job in the West Wing in January.

Currently, Mulvaney runs both the Office of Management and Budget and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Still, the White House didn't completely shoot the rumor down. Mulvaney isn't a strong personality who feels the need to challenge the president or prevent access to other top advisors.

Mulvaney has also demonstrated the administrative skills associated with the chief-of-staff position.

President Donald Trump (L) speaks with Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) on October 26, 2017 in the East Room of the White House.

Mick Mulvaney has a reputation as a hard-charging conservative. "He knows Congress. He knows Capitol Hill", the official said of Mulvaney. He replaced Reince Priebus, who had the job for six months. Ayers' decision left the administration scrambling. And while the president said, "I appreciate his service very much", according to the AP, there has been tension between the two men and Kelly was nearly ousted from his role multiple times. Mulvaney is the third man in Trump's two years in office to take on the role.

When former House Speaker Newt Gingrich visited the White House this week, he insisted it was merely to see the Christmas decorations.

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