Politics Talk centers on Mick Mulvaney if John Kelly leaves

23:05  09 february  2018
23:05  09 february  2018 Source:   CNN

Trump budget chief says he would oppose budget if he were in Congress

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Mick Mulvaney , President Donald Trump's chief budget officer, is in the spotlight this week as staffers consider what might happen if White House chief of staff John Kelly leaves in the wake of the Rob Porter scandal.

"No one foresees or wants a shutdown next week," said Mick Mulvaney . (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik). President Trump's budget director aimed to tamp down talk Mulvaney didn't say if Trump would sign a spending bill without funding for a border wall. However, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney takes questions from reporters during a briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House March 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. © Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney takes questions from reporters during a briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House March 16, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Mick Mulvaney, President Donald Trump's chief budget officer, is in the spotlight this week as staffers consider what might happen if White House chief of staff John Kelly leaves in the wake of the Rob Porter scandal.

Conversations have been going on all week long among White House staffers as to what a "post-Kelly world looks like," a source familiar with these discussions said. And "the conversation keeps coming back to Mulvaney."

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  Trump, angry at Chief of Staff Kelly, muses about possible replacements <p>President Donald Trump, frustrated by his staff's handling of the abuse allegations against Rob Porter, is increasingly venting about Chief of Staff John Kelly, sources say.</p>One senior administration official and three other people briefed on those conversations told NBC News Trump is angry at Kelly's initial statement of effusive support about Porter's character — and then the quick walkback the next day. After allegations of physical and verbal abuse were made public by two of Porter's ex-wives in The Daily Mail, Kelly said in a statement: "Rob Porter is a man of true integrity and honor and I can't say enough good things about him.

Top White House employees on Sunday had no idea whether their colleagues will report to newly minted chief of staff John Kelly , who replaced his embattled predecessor Reince Priebus on Friday. “I don’t know,” White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney said on CNN’s “State of the Union” when

John Kelly is having on the commander in chief. a National Economic Council listening session with CEOs of small and community banks,” followed by filler until he got back to specifics of Trump having lunch with OMB Director Mick Mulvaney . His light schedule leaves him time to do what he likes

Trump also has been quizzing those around him about their opinion of Mulvaney in recent weeks, aides and associates tell CNN.

This source noted that these conversations were "hot" earlier this week at the height of the Porter fiasco, but that they seem to have cooled down -- at least for the moment. One reason why Mulvaney talk is on the rise, this source said, is he "doesn't have any enemies" inside the West Wing.

Mulvaney, a fiscal conservative, has led the Trump's Office of Management and Budget and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

A source close to Mulvaney confirms that discussions are "ongoing" and that the OMB director is aware that the President would like him to potentially be chief of staff.

"Mick is intrigued enough that he's calling around asking people if he should do it," one source says who has known Mulvaney for years.

Longtime friends and advisers have told him that it's a good opportunity but if he takes the chief of staff gig, "he's going to need some help."

Mulvaney, this source said, wants to do whatever he can to help the President but he loves the two jobs that he has right now -- running OMB and CFPB.

CNN's Kaitlan Collins and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

Priebus: Trump didn't complain to me about Kelly .
<p>The former White House chief of staff denied a report this week that claimed President Trump phoned him to complain about his replacement.</p>In an interview with Hugh Hewitt broadcast on Saturday, Priebus said the conversation, in which Trump reportedly complained to Priebus about Kelly's handling of domestic abuse allegations against a White House aide, never happened.

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