WASHINGTON – United States President Mr. Donald Trump announced selection of Mick Mulvaney as his acting chief of staff. Mulvaney was previously Trump’s budget director. Speculations had been going on for week as to who will be selected for one of the most influential positions in the United States Federal Government.
Mr. Mick Mulvaney is a former congressman from South Carolina.His selection came after high profile political figures announced disinterest in the position. Mr. Mulvaney will replace John F.Kelly who will be leaving the position by the end of 2018.Government sources commented that Mick Mulvaney’s serving period will be indefinite despite the ‘acting’ title.
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. Mick has done an outstanding job while in the Administration….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 14, 2018
Earlier on Friday the former governor of New Jersey Chris Christie released a statement saying he had asked the White House not to consider him for the position anymore.
“It’s an honor to have the president consider me as he looks to choose a new White House chief of staff,” Mr. Christie said. “However, I’ve told the president that now is not the right time for me or my family to undertake this serious assignment. As a result, I have asked him to no longer keep me in any of his considerations for this post.”
Nick Ayers was Mr. Trumps first choice for the position. Mr. Ayers is currently serving as Chief of Staff for Vice President Mike Pence. He turned the offer down and stated that he is planning on leaving the administration. Another candidate for the position was Mark Meadows from North Carolina.However Mr.Meadows was ruled out by the White House on Tuesday.