While Trump Practices Benign Neglect, Mulvaney Hammers Cabinet Members

UNITED STATES - APRIL 18: Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney testifies before a House Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee hearing in Rayburn Building on FY2019 Budget for OMB on April 18, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 18: Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney testifies before a House Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee hearing in Rayburn Building on the FY201... UNITED STATES - APRIL 18: Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney testifies before a House Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee hearing in Rayburn Building on the FY2019 Budget for OMB on April 18, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) MORE LESS
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Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney has quietly built up an infrastructure of influence from his post in the White House, hammering Cabinet secretaries weekly on their plans to strip back regulation from a whole host of areas.

According to the Washington Post, President Donald Trump has mostly turned a blind eye to Mulvaney’s moves, as the acting chief of staff gives the President ample leash to tweet and do what he wants.

Mulvaney reportedly came down particularly hard on ex-Labor Secretary Alex Acosta whose ultimate failure to live up to Mulvaney’s deregulatory standards resulted in lukewarm support from the administration before his resignation under the pall of the Jeffrey Epstein arrest.

Mulvaney does, however, face some congressional blockades as he is widely disliked on both sides of the aisle. Even Republican lawmakers, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), admit that they’d rather deal with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.

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  1. Mulvaney is apparently the nastiest of the nasties in the WH. He is so evil, even Mitch does not like to have to deal with him. I predict Mulvaney will be in the WH as long as Trump is there, they are a match made in Hades.

  2. Way to go, Mick. Leave Trump to his atavistic impulses, never fall into that trap of trying to restrain him for the good of the nation and world, and just quietly go about your program of making everyone in that town hate you even more. That’s some first-rate chief-‘o-staffin’, there, pal.

  3. Choosing between Mulvaney and Mnuchin is like choosing a favorite slime mold.

  4. “Neither” is a kind of choice, isn’t it?

  5. Wikipedia is an awesome thing … I need to contribute again.

    I start there when looking at scumbag Republicans. This feral animal never had a real job in his life. From family real estate company to SC State Legislature (a self serving move if I ever saw one) to DC. Along the way he was also a grifter, guess that goes with the SC State Legislator and Real Estate Developer.

    PS: People from SC are called ‘sand lappers’, not my moniker but I endorse it.

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