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Trump names Mick Mulvaney as acting White House chief of staff



President Donald Trump on Friday announced that Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney will become the acting White House chief of staff and replace John Kelly.

Trump added that Kelly, a former four-star Marine Corps general, “served our Country (sic) with distinction,” and that Mulvaney “has done an outstanding job” within his administration.

“I look forward to working with him in this new capacity as we continue to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” Trump tweeted on Friday.

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Mulvaney, a former Republican representative of South Carolina, took on numerous roles in the Trump administration and is widely seen as a fiscal conservative willing to cut federal spending.

Trump’s decision comes after weeks of speculation of who would replace the outgoing chief of staff, who was long rumored to be departing following reports of a rift with other White House officials. Kelly replaced former chief of staff Reince Priebus in June 2017.

Kelly was previously reported to have butted heads with Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka Trump, both of whom are senior advisers in the White House. He has reportedly tried to curb freewheeling access to the Oval Office, including from Ivanka and Kushner.

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