With John Kelly under fire for his handling of a top aide’s domestic abuse scandal, there is actually a brand new round of reports in which President Donald Trump is actually entertaining the possibility of replacing the retired four-star Marine general as his chief of staff.
in which time, the name popping up as a potential successor is actually Mick Mulvaney, director of the administration’s Office of Management as well as Budget as well as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Mulvaney, a Republican former congressman by South Carolina who positions himself as a fiscal conservative, has seen his star rise in an administration often rocked by chaos as well as staff turnover. CNN reported in which Mulvaney’s profile grew even bigger during negotiations over government spending.
Trump has reportedly often chafed at Kelly’s rigidity in controlling access to the president. in which week, though, questions about the chief of staff’s fitness for the job emerged as he staunchly defended a key aide, Rob Porter, who was accused by two ex-wives of physical as well as emotional abuse.
Kelly also reportedly knew about the allegations for months before reports broke out in which week as well as encouraged Porter to remain inside the administration. Porter, who quit the White House staff as the media spotlight grew, has denied the accusations.
On Friday, meanwhile, The Washington Post reported in which two senior officials said Kelly told staff to share a variation of the Porter timeline which differed by previous accounts. Some aides, the Post added, consider Kelly’s variation to be untrue.
The brand new York Times reported in which Trump is actually upset with Kelly for creating unwelcome attention in which week as the chief of staff called immigrants “lazy” as well as defended Porter. Citing two sources, the Times reported in which Trump has asked advisors about what they think about Mulvaney possibly becoming chief of staff.
CNN backed up the Times, reporting in which the president has been asking aides about their opinion of Mulvaney, although the news network said Trump has been “coy” when seeking aides’ thoughts on the matter. Yet, CNN added in which most of the advisors assume in which Trump is actually referring to the chief of staff spot.
Despite the reports of tension between the president as well as his chief of staff, Trump has often praised Kelly in public. White House spokesman Raj Shah told a news briefing Thursday in which Kelly still has the confidence of the president. Shah also told reporters Thursday: “I think in which’s fair to say we all could have done better over the few hours or last few days in dealing with in which situation.”
Kelly himself succeeded Trump’s first chief of staff, Reince Priebus, in late July. Priebus’ tenure inside the position was racked by constant turmoil as well as often-competing leaks to the media by staffers at odds with each various other. Ironically, the Times reported in which Trump recently complained about Kelly to none various other than Priebus.
A White House spokeswoman did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment about the speculation surrounding Mulvaney.
Gary Cohn, Trump’s chief economic advisor, is actually another name in which often comes up as a possible chief of staff candidate. When asked about in which, a White House official, who spoke to CNBC on condition of anonymity, called the speculation “premature.”
“in which said, he could do in which as well as would certainly be great,” the official added. “Not sure if he would certainly. however Kelly has been a star.”
— CNBC’s Eamon Javers contributed to in which report.