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: Trump teases 'major announcement' Saturday on shutdown | Fight with Dems intensifies | Pelosi accuses Trump of leaking trip to Afghanistan | Mnuchin refuses to testify on shutdown impacts The Hill's Morning Report — Shutdown fallout — economic distress On The Money: Shutdown Day 26 | Pelosi calls on Trump to delay State of the Union | Cites 'security concerns' | DHS chief says they can handle security | Waters lays out agenda | Senate rejects effort to block Trump on Russia sanctions MORE said in a Sunday morning interview that President TrumpDonald John TrumpCoast Guard chief: 'Unacceptable' that service members must rely on food pantries, donations amid shutdown Dem lawmaker apologizes after saying it's never been legal in US to force people to work for free Grassley to hold drug pricing hearing 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.