Politics Talk centers on Mick Mulvaney if John Kelly leaves

23:05  09 february  2018
23:05  09 february  2018 Source:   cnn.com

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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.

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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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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.

Trump's military parade could cost up to $30 million .
President Donald Trump's proposal to hold a large-scale military parade in Washington, with marching soldiers and rows of tanks and armored vehicles, could cost as much as $30 million, according to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney. Load Error The cost would depend on how many troops are involved and the types of military equipment chosen, Mulvaney told the House Budget Committee."I've seen various different costs estimates of between $10 million and $30 million, depending on the size of the parade, the scope of it, the length of it, those kind of things," Mulvaney said.

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