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Trump’s third chief of staff Mick Mulvaney already wants out of the job: report

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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.”

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“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.”

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Trump told Republicans he didn’t care ‘about terrorists 7,000 miles away’

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President Donald Trump reportedly doesn't care about terrorists, according to sources inside the room after Democrats abandoned the Wednesday meeting with the president.

Washington Post Congressional reporter Mike DeBonis said that the president said "several times" in the meeting that he isn't concerned about terrorists that live 7,000 miles away.

The source said that Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) had to remind the president that the Sept. 11 terrorists "came from 7,000 away" themselves.

https://twitter.com/mikedebonis/status/1184592170545745920

The president has neglected to understand terrorists can attack the U.S. on North American soil as well as at embassies, military bases, international sporting events, or even Trump's properties. It would be simple for ISIS to use a car bomb to attack Trump's property in Indonesia, as an example.

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Diplomat testified of fear Rudy wanted ‘grand bargain with Russia where we throw Ukraine under the bus’: report

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President Donald Trump's former special envoy to Ukraine testified about fears that Rudy Giuliani was trying to cut a "grand bargain" with Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin, according to a new report in Axios.

Volker reportedly testified that Bill Taylor was reluctant to take the position of acting ambassador to Ukraine after the firing of Marie Yovanovitch.

"He was just worried [Ukraine] was going to get undermined at some point,” Volker reportedly testified. “Hanging over everyone’s head in the expert community is, is there some grand bargain with Russia where we throw Ukraine under the bus?”

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White House ripped for ‘ridiculously misogynistic stereotype’ in attack on Speaker Pelosi

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The White House was harshly criticized for an attack on Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) launched by White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham.

Grisham was already under fire for claiming President Donald Trump had been "measured" in a meeting with Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) when she lashed out at the female speaker.

https://twitter.com/PressSec/status/1184598320330788864

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