Mulvaney positioning himself to be Commerce Secretary: report

Mulvaney positioning himself to be Commerce Secretary: report
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Office of Management and Budget Director Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyActing DHS secretary threatened to quit after clashing with Miller: report On The Money: Treasury rejects Dem subpoena for Trump tax returns | Companies warn trade war about to hit consumers | Congress, White House to launch budget talks next week | Trump gets deal to lift steel tariffs on Mexico, Canada Trump knocks Mulvaney for casting doubt on chances of infrastructure deal MORE is telling allies he’d like to be Commerce Secretary should Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossHillicon Valley: Trump takes flak for not joining anti-extremism pact | Phone carriers largely end sharing of location data | Huawei pushes back on ban | Florida lawmakers demand to learn counties hacked by Russians | Feds bust 0M cybercrime group Huawei says inclusion on US trade blacklist is in 'no one's interest' Hillicon Valley: Trump signs order to protect US networks from Chinese tech | Huawei downplays order | Trump declines to join effort against online extremism | Facebook restricts livestreaming | FCC proposes new tool against robocalls MORE be swept up in a White House staff shakeup people familiar with the conversations told Politico.

While initially eyeing John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE’s job as chief of staff, Mulvaney reportedly pivoted to vying for Ross’s position but a Mulvaney ally told Politico he and President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump calls for Republicans to be 'united' on abortion Tlaib calls on Amash to join impeachment resolution Facebook temporarily suspended conservative commentator Candace Owens MORE have not yet discussed the possibility.

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Mulvaney could be an appealing replacement for Ross as he’s already been confirmed to his role by the Senate and would likely face no major speedbumps as he transitions to a potential new job.

But Mulvaney is not the only contender, as Small Business Administration Administrator Linda McMahonLinda Marie McMahonTrump campaign describes Corey Stewart super PAC as 'unconscionable' Pro-Trump group plans to spend 0M in six battleground states XFL signs TV deals with ESPN, Fox, ABC for 2020 launch MORE, Ray Washburne, a major Republican donor and the President and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and Karen Dunn Kelly, undersecretary for economic affairs at Commerce, have all been floated as possible Ross replacements. 

Ross’s successor would take the reins of Trump’s trade war with Canada, Mexico, Europe and China and would oversee the 2020 census, which would determine the redistribution of congressional seats. 

While there is constantly a simmering level of speculation that any staffer can be fired at any moment in the Trump White House, the days following last week’s midterm elections raised the stakes for a more widespread administration overhaul, especially after Trump fired Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsMSNBC host: Barr 'the most dangerous person' who works for Trump Chris Wallace: AG Barr 'clearly is protecting' Trump Appeals court rules Trump end of DACA was unlawful MORE the day after the polls closed.

Kelly, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenActing DHS secretary threatened to quit after clashing with Miller: report Trump wants border wall black, pointed: report Former DHS officials blocked Trump plan to arrest thousands of migrants before being ousted: report MORE and Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeInterior's border surge puts more officers in unfamiliar role Not 'if' but 'when' is the next Deepwater Horizon spill? Former Wyoming GOP lawmaker mulling Senate bid to replace Enzi MORE are just some of the high profile names who seem to be making their way to the chopping block. 

“Morale is a low point,” one former administration official told Politico. “There is all of this uncertainty about who will still be in the White House in a few months and anxiety about what anyone has to look forward to – just the Democratic Congress making everyone’s lives miserable.”