Mick Mulvaney

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Ex-Aide: Trump's Hateful Words Derail Staff

Fear of 'deep state' limits president's circle, Elaine Duke says

(Newser) - Elaine Duke gives the White House response to Hurricane Maria devastating Puerto Rico as an example of her disappointment in her brief tenure running the Department of Homeland Security. She wanted President Trump to issue an emergency declaration before the hurricane hit land but was rebuffed, the New York Times... More »

Meet the White House's New Chief of Staff

GOP Rep. Mark Meadows will be taking over for Mick Mulvaney

(Newser) - In the midst of one of the most daunting crises of his administration, President Trump on Friday announced he'd made a major staff overhaul, replacing his acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney with Republican Rep. Mark Meadows. While much of the country was focused on the spreading coronavirus, Trump... More »

Trump Jr.'s Coronavirus Remarks Anger Congressman

President's son accused Democrats of wanting millions of Americans to die in virus outbreak

(Newser) - Donald Trump Jr.'s assertion that Democrats want the coronavirus to reach the US and kill "millions of people" for their party's political benefit didn't go over well with Rep. John Garamendi. The president's son said on Fox Friday morning that Democrats will do anything... More »

Mulvaney Skips Deposition, Invokes 'Absolute Immunity'

Chief of staff does not show up as Trump blasts 'corrupt' inquiry

(Newser) - Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney has stood up Democrats in their impeachment inquiry, skipping his Friday morning deposition as Democrats wrap up closed-door interviews and move into a public phase of the investigation, per the AP . Democrats subpoenaed Mulvaney late Thursday as the White House signaled that... More »

Impeachment Investigators Subpoena WH Chief of Staff

But few expect Mick Mulvaney to turn up

(Newser) - House impeachment investigators would like Mick Mulvaney to tell them more about the quid pro quo involving US aid to Ukraine he talked about during a briefing last month—but the acting White House chief of staff is widely expected to defy a subpoena issued late Thursday. On Oct. 17,... More »

Diplomat Revises His Impeachment Testimony

Gordon Sondland now acknowledges threat to hold up aid unless Ukraine did investigation

(Newser) - The House panels conducting the impeachment inquiry released the testimony of two key players on Tuesday and sent word they want to hear from White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney. Axios sees a notable development in the transcript for Gordon Sondland, US ambassador to the European Union. Sondland testified... More »

New Figure Enters Ukraine Controversy

Hungarian leader Viktor Orban reportedly bad-mouthed Ukraine before call

(Newser) - New reports out Tuesday add more context to President Trump's view of Ukraine before he made his famous call to that nation's leader in July. The upshot is that Vladimir Putin and Hungary's Viktor Orban each bad-mouthed Ukraine as a corrupt nation to Trump, reinforcing what he... More »

Report: Mulvaney's Ukraine Remarks Shocked White House

He tried to walk it back Thursday night

(Newser) - Mick Mulvaney issued a statement Thursday night distancing himself from earlier remarks made by Mick Mulvaney. The acting White House chief of staff, who astonished lawmakers by acknowledging there had been a quid pro quo with US aid to Ukraine, accused the media of distorting his remarks as part of... More »

O'Rourke: 'Let's Be Very Clear About What Is Causing This'

Other Democrats also react strongly to the latest mass shootings

(Newser) - Democratic candidates are hitting President Trump—and hitting him hard—after two mass shootings gut-punched America over the weekend. Beto O'Rourke appeared on CNN's State of the Union: "Let's be very clear about what is causing this and who the president is," said the former... More »

Mulvaney Defends Request to Hide USS John McCain

He says it was 'not an unreasonable thing'

(Newser) - Asking the US Navy to conceal a ship named after three generations of American war heroes to avoid potentially irritating the president was "not an unreasonable thing," according to Mick Mulvaney. The acting White House chief of staff told NBC 's Meet the Press on Sunday that... More »

Report: Kirstjen Nielsen Told to Keep Concern From Trump

Specifically about potential 2020 election interference by the Russians

(Newser) - Kirstjen Nielsen may be out of the Trump administration, but she's not out of the news. The New York Times is out with a report claiming that in the waning days of her tenure, Nielsen was instructed not to discuss one of her major concerns as homeland security secretary... More »

Dems Will 'Never' See Trump Returns, Mulvaney Says

Voters made the call, chief of staff says

(Newser) - Democrats might as well forget about President Trump's tax returns, his acting chief of staff said Sunday. They'll "never" see the returns, Mick Mulvaney said, "nor should they." He made the statement on Fox News Sunday, the AP reports. The way Mulvaney sees it, the... More »

Aide Reacts After Media Links Trump, NZ Shooter

Mick Mulvaney speaks out against reference to shooter's manifesto

(Newser) - A top White House official said Sunday President Trump "is not a white supremacist" and attempts to tie him to the alleged New Zealand mosque shooter are "absurd," per the AP . Mick Mulvaney, the acting chief of staff, described the New Zealand shooter as a "disturbed... More »

Mulvaney: Functioning Gov't Likely Done for 2018

Budget director says 'very possible' shutdown will last into the new Congress

(Newser) - It was already looking unlikely that all Congress and the White House wanted for Christmas was an open government , and now Mick Mulvaney is signaling that the government could stay shuttered until 2019, reports the Washington Post . "It’s very possible that this shutdown will go beyond the 28th... More »

New Chief of Staff Called Trump 'Terrible Human' in 2016

Mick Mulvaney made the comment during a debate just before the election

(Newser) - If you've ever called your boss a "terrible human being," it turns out you sort of have something in common with the president's next acting chief of staff. Mick Mulvaney, who was named as John Kelly's replacement on Friday, used those choice words in reference... More »

Trump Tweets Chief of Staff Pick

It's Mick Mulvaney

(Newser) - President Trump on Friday picked budget director Mick Mulvaney to be his next chief of staff, the AP reports, ending a chaotic search for a new chief of staff that had been inching forward with the feel of an unfolding reality TV show. Trump tweeted that Mulvaney "will be... More »

Top Student Loan Official Blasts White House in Resignation

Seth Frotman will resign at the end of the week

(Newser) - Seth Frotman, the federal government's top student loan watchdog, resigned Monday, accusing the White House of serving "the wishes of the most powerful financial companies in America" and abandoning consumers. Frotman, student loan ombudsman with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, will step down at the end of the... More »

Wells Fargo to Pay $1B for Forcing Insurance on People

And for missteps in its mortgage division

(Newser) - A Thursday rumor turned into Friday truth: Wells Fargo will pay $1 billion to settle allegations from federal regulators for abuses tied to its mortgage and auto lending businesses. It will pay $500 million to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, its main bank regulator, as well as... More »

White House Investigates Pruitt's $43K Phone Booth

39 senators call for EPA chief to step down

(Newser) - Scott Pruitt's week isn't getting any easier: White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said Wednesday that he's planning to investigate the embattled EPA chief's activities, which include allegedly violating the law by spending $43,000 in taxpayer funds on a soundproof phone booth for his office,... More »

Under Old Watchdog Chief: 2 to 4 Enforcements a Month. Now: Zero

No enforcement action in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 135 days and counting

(Newser) - In the 135 days since the Trump administration took control of the nation's consumer watchdog agency, it hasn't recorded a single enforcement action against banks, credit card companies, debt collectors, or any finance companies whatsoever. That's likely no fluke: Mick Mulvaney, appointed acting director of the Consumer... More »

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