Trump Names New White House Chief of Staff, and It’s Not Who You Think

December 14, 2018Dec 14, 2018

Amidst a host of speculations and a few refusals, President Trump officially named his new White House chief of staff Friday afternoon.

His current chief of staff, John Kelly, will step down around the end of the year, the president said earlier in the week.

On Thursday, speculation arose that Trump would pick his son-in-law Jared Kushner for the position, according to the New York Post. That led incoming congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to sneer, “Ah yes, of course, it’s classic Republican ‘bootstrap’ meritocracy: where the smartest, hardest-working, most fitting person for the job just so happens to be your son-in-law.”

But it’s not Kushner.

It’s not Chris Christie, either. The former New Jersey governor took himself out of the running earlier on Friday, CNN reported.

"It's an honor to have the President consider me as he looks to choose a new White House chief of staff. However, I've told the President that now is not the right time for me or my family to undertake this serious assignment," Christie said.

It’s Mick Mulvaney.

“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,” Trump wrote on Twitter around 5:15 p.m. Eastern.

“I look forward to working with him in this new capacity as we continue to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” he continued. “John will be staying until the end of the year. He is a GREAT PATRIOT and I want to personally thank him for his service!”

Mulvaney, a Republican, has previously served in the South Carolina Senate and House of Representatives. He has represented South Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives and is Tea Party member who helped found the Freedom Caucus. He opposes gun control and Obamacare, according to Politico.

Mulvaney is also into slashing federal spending. ABC News describes him as a close ally to the president.

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