President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Netanyahu suggests Biden fell asleep in meeting with Israeli PM Aides try to keep Biden away from unscripted events or long interviews, book claims 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 MulvaneyHeadhunters having hard time finding jobs for former Trump officials: report Trump holdovers are denying Social Security benefits to the hardest working Americans Mulvaney calls Trump's comments on Capitol riot 'manifestly false' MORE for their work.
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 ShanahanSenators introducing bill to penalize Pentagon for failed audits Overnight Defense: National Guard boosts DC presence ahead of inauguration | Lawmakers demand probes into troops' role in Capitol riot | Financial disclosures released for Biden Pentagon nominee Biden Pentagon pick could make up to .7M from leaving Raytheon 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 ZinkeWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Biden launches blitz for jobs plan with 'thank you, Georgia' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Court sets in motion EPA ban on pesticide linked to developmental issues | Trump Interior Secretary Zinke files to run for Congress, again | Senate passes bipartisan B water infrastructure bill 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 Mattis20 years after 9/11, we've logged successes but the fight continues Defense & National Security — The mental scars of Afghanistan House panel advances 8B defense bill 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.