Godfather baptism scene montage, only instead of murders its just prominent Republicans racing to say they aren't available to be chief of staff because of their families and stuff
— BigCrimeHat (@Popehat) December 14, 2018
No matter how broad your satire, it’s simply impossible to outdo the Squatter-in-Chief.
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
Mick Mulvaney re his time in Congress “If you’re a lobbyist who never gave us money, I didn’t talk to you. If you’re a lobbyist who gave us money, I might talk to you.” @GlennThrush https://t.co/w0DRJPuuTy
— Eric Lipton (@EricLiptonNYT) April 25, 2018
Mick Mulvaney is the GOP’s go-to guy when it comes to not doing jobs they don’t want done. He’s put in some busy months doing his best to gut the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, while nominally remaining in charge of the Office of Managment & Budget, so I guess it was decided he’s ready for a fresh challenge: Not-managing access to the Oval Office Occupant.
Only remaining question: Did it simply occur to Donny Dollhands that a guy who loved not-doing important jobs was just the right Repub to not-do this one? Or, given Mulvaney’s known proclivities, was there an actual offer of payment made — either to Trump for the announcement, or to Mulvaney for accepting, or both?
Two sources tell NBC News it was Mick Mulvaney who asked for the “acting” title. One source says Mulvaney wanted to enter the position with a safe exit in place, if needed. Source familiar says Trump was eager to kill the talk that "no one wanted to be his chief of staff."
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) December 14, 2018