Mick Mulvaney is reportedly looking to leave his role as acting White House chief of staff — but doesn’t want to leave the Trump administration yet.
As Vanity Fair‘s Bess Levin noted Thursday, Mulvaney — who also serves as the Office of Management and Budget director — is eyeing Wilbur Ross’ job as Commerce Secretary.
Politico reported via its “Playbook” podcast earlier on Thursday that Mulvaney has been seeking out the Commerce Secretary role since at least November, but according to Trump administration officials, “now that he’s in the White House’s top job, the positioning has started anew, and seems to have picked up in recent weeks.”
“Constantly looking for a new government agency to destroy is kind of Mulvaney’s thing,” Levin wrote in Vanity Fair. Along with his roles as Donald Trump’s chief of staff and OMB director, he also was acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from November 2017 to December 2018.
Mulvaney was also, according to the New York Times, “exploring the possibility of becoming president of the University of South Carolina.”
The reported possibility led Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to call for an ethics probe, but the OMB director and acting White House chief of staff said he’d been merely discussing the role with a friend and had subsequently abandoned it after taking over for John Kelly.
Levin added that Vanity Fair reported yesterday that Trump may blame Mulvaney for the bad optics from his government shutdown over his border wall, which, if true, may add “a little more urgency to his job search.”