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Trump chose Mulvaney for chief of staff because he won’t tell him what to do and he uses colorful charts to explain things: report

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According to a listing of factors that led Donald Trump to pick budget chief Mick Mulvaney as his — for now — “acting chief of staff,” Axios reports that the president has an agreement with the South Carolina Republican to let him do as he wants and that he likes how Mulvaney explains complex issues to him.

As Axios put it, “White House insiders expect Mulvaney to get the permanent gig,” before adding, “But Trump keeps control and doesn’t fully empower his guy, reminding Mulvaney who the real chief of staff is: No funny business like General John Kelly tried to pull, restricting enablers’ access to POTUS.”

The report states that other candidates for the job balked at the restrictions , explaining: “They would have insisted on changes Trump doesn’t want to make.”

Axios also pointed to a telling tidbit from the Washington Post that may indicate why Trump found Mulvaney to be the right guy for the job.

According to the Post, Mulvaney understands Trump’s desire to have complex subjects simplified.

“Mulvaney has an easy rapport with Trump, often taking large charts and colorful graphics into the Oval Office to explain fiscal policy, administration officials said,” the Post relayed.

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Trump questions US military over reports of UFOs and doubts existence of extraterrestrial life in ABC interview

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In the most recent excerpt from his interview with ABC host George Stephanopoulos, President Donald Trump expressed skepticism at the existence of UFOs despite recent revelations from the Pentagon of sightings.

Asked about alien visitations, Trump was curt and dismissive.

"I think it’s probably -- I want them to think whatever they think. They do say, and I've seen, and I’ve read, and I’ve heard. And I did have one very brief meeting on it. But people are saying they’re seeing UFOs. Do I believe it? Not particular," Trump explained.

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New documents reveal how a young Trump bullied the press for years as he hid his actual wealth

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On Friday, journalist Jonathan Greenberg published a stunning exposé of how Donald Trump, in his younger years, managed to maintain his brand of success and fortune — and keep attracting investors to his projects — even in the face of devastating business losses and incompetence.

The short answer: he threatened, intimidated, and bullied reporters out of telling the truth about his business empire.

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Mitch McConnell takes checks from voting machine lobbyists — even as he blocks election security bills

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In 2016, Russian hackers targeted voting systems in 21 states and, according to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, breached systems in Illinois and two counties in Florida, gaining access to information on millions of registered voters. In his report, Mueller described the Russian government’s interference in the 2016 elections as “sweeping and systematic.”

This article was written by Donald Shaw and reprinted from Sludge, which produces investigative journalism on lobbying and money in politics.

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