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Trump: 'No hurry' to name permanent replacements for acting Cabinet members

President TrumpDonald John TrumpHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Police called after Florida moms refuse to wear face masks at school board meeting about mask policy Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline MORE said Sunday he's in "no hurry" to name permanent choices for a handful of Cabinet positions being filled in an acting capacity.

"I sort of like acting. It gives me more flexibility. Do you understand that?" Trump told reporters as he left the White House for Camp David. "I like acting. We have a few that are acting but we have a great, great, Cabinet."

Trump praised acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyGaffes put spotlight on Meadows at tough time for Trump Trump says he may lower corporate tax rate to 20 percent if reelected Is Social Security safe from the courts? MORE for their work.

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Trump's Cabinet has undergone a series of changes in recent weeks. In addition to Bernhardt and Mulvaney, Matthew Whitaker is serving as the acting attorney general; Andrew Wheeler is serving as acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; Patrick ShanahanPatrick Michael ShanahanHouse Armed Services chairman expresses confidence in Esper amid aircraft carrier coronavirus crisis Boeing pleads for bailout under weight of coronavirus, 737 fallout Esper's chief of staff to depart at end of January MORE is serving as acting Defense secretary; and Jonathan Cohen is serving as acting ambassador to the United Nations.

Except for chief of staff, each of those positions requires Senate confirmation.

Trump has tapped Wheeler as his choice for the permanent EPA administrator, picked former Attorney General William Barr to fill that position once again, and nominated Heather Nauert for ambassador to the United Nations.

Trump said upon announcing ex-Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith Zinke5 major ways that Interior slashed protections for wildlife  Trump extends Florida offshore drilling pause, expands it to Georgia, South Carolina Conspicuous by their absence from the Republican Convention MORE's departure on Dec. 15 that he would announce a replacement the following week, but has not done so.

The president has also yet to name a permanent replacement for former Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisPresident Trump: To know him is to 'No' him Nearly 300 more former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter John Kelly called Trump 'the most flawed person' he's ever met: report MORE, who left his post on Jan. 1. Mattis had resigned effective at the end of February, but Trump forced his Defense chief out early after Mattis's resignation letter implicitly criticized the president.

Mulvaney is serving as acting chief of staff, replacing John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE in the role. Mulvaney is remaining on as head of the Office of Management and Budget, but Deputy Director Russ Vought is handling the agency’s day-to-day operations while Mulvaney works as Trump’s top aide.