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Mulvaney: Trump 'absolutely not' discussing Kelly's departure

Mulvaney: Trump 'absolutely not' discussing Kelly's departure
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White House budget chief Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyOn The Money: Mnuchin pulls out of Saudi summit | Consumer bureau to probe controversial blog posts on race | Harris proposes new middle-class tax credit Consumer bureau to probe top Trump official's past racial comments On The Money: Deficit hits six-year high of 9 billion | Yellen says Trump attacks threaten Fed | Affordable housing set for spotlight in 2020 race MORE said in a Sunday morning interview that President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Gillum and DeSantis’s first debate GOP warns economy will tank if Dems win Gorbachev calls Trump's withdrawal from arms treaty 'a mistake' MORE and administration officials are “absolutely not” discussing chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE’s departure from the West Wing.

“Absolutely not,” Mulvaney responded on “Fox News Sunday” when asked if the president or others in the White House have spoken to him about replacing the chief of staff.

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Kelly, who is Trump’s second chief of staff, has been under fire the past few days over the administration’s handling of White House staff secretary Rob Porter’s resignation. Porter resigned last week due to allegations of domestic abuse by his two ex-wives. 

“I think that talk about the chief’s departure is much ado about nothing,” Mulvaney said Sunday.

Mulvaney argued that those who are suggesting Kelly could soon leave the White House are individuals “unhappy that they've lost access to the president" since Kelly took charge of the West Wing. 

“There’s a lot of good things that have been happening since the chief is there,” Mulvaney added.