PressTV-Trump picks White House official for chief of staff

US President Donald Trump has named a White House official as his acting chief of staff after a number of his close allies refused to take the high-profile job.

The Republican president announced in a tweet Friday that Mick Mulvaney, the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, will replace General John Kelly, who is due to leave at the end of the year.

“Mick has done an outstanding job while in the Administration. I look forward to working with him in this new capacity as we continue to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! 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!” the president wrote.

Mulvaney, a former Republican congressman from South Carolina, was not the first choice for the job.

US President Donald Trump sits alongside Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao (L), Linda McMahon (2nd R), Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA),…

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