Trump Is Agitated With Acting Chief Of Staff Mick Mulvaney — But Don’t Expect Him To Leave Anytime Soon
Four current and former Trump administration officials say that the president is growing weary of his current acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.
The sources spoke anonymously to Politico on the subject. One of the sources suggested that Trump’s vitriolic behavior to his acting chief of staff, which Politico described as Trump “snapping” at him, was “inevitable since any chief of staff has to deliver both the good and bad news.”
But while Trump is apparently getting annoyed with Mulvaney, most in the White House understand that he’s not going anywhere anytime soon — Trump may be reluctant to fire him for a number of reasons.
First, Mulvaney has been with Trump from the start — and has often had his back. “The president doesn’t have any good reason to dislike Mulvaney in terms of him being disloyal,” one Republican close to the White House told the publication.
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Mulvaney also has a higher level of job security for another reason: he’s performing two job function’s, and removal from the White House would mean that Trump would have to find someone to become his chief of staff — his fourth since becoming president — as well as another candidate to lead the Office of Management and Budget, where Mulvaney has served since the start of Trump’s tenure, per Ballotpedia.
Additionally, Mulvaney has been more laissez-faire when it comes to the president than have other chiefs of staff. He allows Trump to keep his own personal schedule, and doesn’t try to control him by stifling his whims or decision-making techniques.
Still, the president’s displeasure with his acting chief of staff is noticeable, even for those who don’t work in the White House. During an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, Trump chastised Mulvaney for daring to cough in the background while cameras were recording the president’s answer to a question.
“If you’re going to cough, please leave the room,” Trump said, per previous reporting from HillReporter.com. “You just can’t, you just can’t cough. Boy, oh boy.”