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 MulvaneyOn The Money: House GOP struggles to get votes for B in wall funds | Fallout from Oval Office clash | Dems say shutdown would affect 800K workers | House passes 7 billion farm bill Conservative leader Meadows will not be White House chief of staff Consumer bureau morale plummeted under Mulvaney: report MORE is telling allies he’d like to be Commerce Secretary should Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossRoss: I don't know who started 'rumor' about travel warning for China Canada arrests Huawei CFO facing US extradition for allegedly violating Iran sanctions: report Stocks slide after Trump warns China: 'I am a Tariff Man' 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 TrumpProsecutors investigating Trump inaugural fund, pro-Trump super PAC for possible illegal foreign donations: NY Times George Conway: Why take Trump's word over prosecutors' if he 'lies about virtually everything' Federal judge says lawsuit over Trump travel ban waivers will proceed 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 McMahonThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — White House to 'temporarily reinstate' Acosta's press pass after judge issues order | Graham to take over Judiciary panel | Hand recount for Florida Senate race The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by T-Mobile — Democratic race for Speaker turns nasty Mulvaney positioning himself to be Commerce Secretary: report 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 SessionsChief Justice of California Supreme Court leaves GOP over Kavanaugh confirmation Trump attorney general pick a prolific donor to GOP candidates, groups: report Press: Mueller closes in on Trump MORE the day after the polls closed.

Kelly, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenA missed opportunity for Democrats in the border wall showdown Over 30 cities oppose Trump proposal on immigration benefits Internet gambling addiction is a looming crisis MORE and Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeAlaska oil and gas lease sale nets .5 million Former Koch adviser to oversee Interior Department's FOIA requests The Year Ahead: Dems under pressure to deliver on green agenda 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.”