Trump Names Mick Mulvaney Acting Chief of Staff

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The president on Friday tweeted that the budget director "has done an outstanding job" in his administration and would take over next year.

President Donald Trump has announced that budget director Mick Mulvaney will be his next chief of staff.

Trump on Friday tweeted that Mulvaney "has done an outstanding job" in his administration and would take over next year.

The president deemed Mulvaney his "acting chief of staff," but it was not immediately clear what that meant for the length of his tenure.

Mulvaney will replace John Kelly. Trump praised Kelly's service and called him a "great patriot" in the tweet.

The president announced last week that Kelly, who served in the post for more than a year, would soon be departing.

Trump's first choice was Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, who bowed out after being unable to come to an agreement on how long he would serve in the post.