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OMB Director Mulvaney to Serve as Acting White House Chief of Staff

President Trump announced Friday night that he has named Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, as acting White House chief of staff, replacing John Kelly. The president made the announcement on Twitter, and reiterated that Kelly will be staying on until the end of the year. 

Mulvaney responded in a tweet that he was honored. The 51-year-old former three-term Republican congressman from South Carolina’s 5th District joined the Trump administration as OMB director in February 2017. He has also served a dual role as the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for over a year. He will now be the third person to perform the duties of chief of staff within the 23 months since Trump took office. 

Last week, Trump also announced Kelly’s impending departure on Twitter. Kelly, who served as his chief of staff for 17 months, was previously the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security from January 2017 to July 2017. Kelly succeeded former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, who resigned in July 2017. 

See: Trump Announces Chief of Staff John Kelly Is Out by End of Year

Mulvaney, who received his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, previously served as a member of the House Budget Committee, Joint Economic Committee, Small Business Committee, Financial Services Committee and Oversight and Government Reform Committee. 

Also: Trump Plans to Nominate Bush-Era William Barr as Next Attorney General

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Multimedia journalist James Cullum has reported for over a decade to newspapers, magazines and websites in the D.C. metro area. He excels at finding order in chaotic environments, from slave liberations in South Sudan to the halls of the power in Washington, D.C.

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