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 MulvaneySenate Republicans confident they'll win fight on witnesses Hakeem Jeffries tells Senate in impeachment proceedings they should subpoena Baseball Hall of Fame after Jeter vote Video becomes vital part of Democrats' case against Trump MORE is telling allies he’d like to be Commerce Secretary should Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossDesperate Democrats badmouth economy even as it booms Trump scheduled to attend Davos amid impeachment trial Let's remember the real gifts the president has given America 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 TrumpSchiff pleads to Senate GOP: 'Right matters. And the truth matters.' Anita Hill to Iowa crowd: 'Statute of limitations' for Biden apology is 'up' Sen. Van Hollen releases documents from GAO investigation 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 McMahonSenate confirms Trump pick for small business chief On The Money: Senate chairman opposes cannabis banking bill | Panel advances Trump pick for Small Business Administration | Judge tosses NY state fraud charges against Manafort Senate panel advances Trump's nominee to lead Small Business Administration 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 SessionsLawmaker wants Chinese news outlet to register as foreign agent Trump-aligned group launches ad campaign hitting Doug Jones on impeachment ICE subpoenas Denver law enforcement: report MORE the day after the polls closed.

Kelly, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenActing DHS secretary says he expects Russia to attempt to interfere in 2020 elections House Homeland Security rip DHS's 'unacceptable' failure to comply with subpoena Trump puts Kushner in charge of overseeing border wall construction: report MORE and Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeEurope deepens energy dependence on Russia Overnight Energy: House Science Committee hits EPA with subpoenas | California sues EPA over Trump revoking emissions waiver | Interior disbands board that floated privatization at national parks Interior disbands advisory board that floated privatization at national parks 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.”